stand down

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stand down (third-person singular simple present stands down, present participle standing down, simple past and past participle stood down)

  1. (idiomatic) To wait; to stop pursuing or fighting.
    They ordered the troops to stand down for the moment.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To withdraw or retire from a position or from a team.
    Synonyms: stand aside, step down