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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR STAND DOWN

So I have been careful to sweep away that obstacle by offering to stand down.

"Sven doesn't think it looks good to stand down there," she said.

"If that's all you know about it, you may stand down," continued the King.

"Stand down" was the order, and the sergeant was coming round with the rum.

"Stand down; I've heard enough;" vociferated the man in authority.

Jack was now allowed to stand down, but he was not removed from the court-room.

But for the next three days -- and forever, if I do what I'm trying to do -- stand down.

Stand down and let the fellow who is on trial take that chair.

"Stand down," ordered the magistrate, and Marcus was called.

"If that's all you know, you may stand down," the King said.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English standan (class VI strong verb; past tense stod, past participle standen), from Proto-Germanic *sta-n-d- (cf. Old Norse standa, Old Saxon and Gothic standan, Old High German stantan, Swedish stå, Dutch staan, German stehen), from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).

Sense of "to exist, be present" is attested from c.1300. Meaning "to pay for as a treat" is from 1821. Phrase stands to reason (1620) is from earlier stands (is constant) with reason. Phrase stand pat is originally from poker (1882); stand down in the military sense of "go off duty" is first recorded 1916. Standing ovation attested by 1968; standing army is from c.1600.

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