stand up to

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

  1. (transitive) To object to or interfere with the actions of (someone seen as bullying, pushy, or controlling).
    If anyone stood up to him, I bet he'd back down.
  2. (transitive) To withstand, to weather, to survive in spite of.
    The paint looks good, but I don't know if it will stand up to years of weather.

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