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See also: standby
- (idiomatic, intransitive) To wait in expectation of some event; to make ready.
- Please stand by for more instructions.
1935, George Goodchild, chapter 3, Death on the Centre Court:
- It had been his intention to go to Wimbledon, but as he himself said: “Why be blooming well frizzled when you can hear all the results over the wireless. […] You stand by, Janet, and wake me up if they do any of that running commentary stuff.”
- (idiomatic) To remain loyal or faithful to.
- Even though money is scarce sometimes, Ann stands by her decision to be a full-time mother.
2014 August 20, “Why Jews are worried [print version: International New York Times, 22 August 2014, p. 8]”, The New York Times:
- [W]hen a Hamas spokesman recently stood by his statement that Jews used the blood of non-Jewish children for their matzos – one of the oldest anti-Semitic canards around – European elites were largely silent.
- To do nothing. To be inactive in a situation.
- I can't simply stand by and watch you ruin your life.
- (remain faithful): (UK, idiomatic) go to the wall for someone
To wait in expectation of some event
To remain loyal or faithful
To do nothing. To be inactive in a situation
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