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There was the Bald'in, stand-by old and good as bread; and there were all the rest.

At last the maneuver was completed and the engines shut down to stand-by.

The remainder of the birds we cooked later in the day, intending them as a stand-by.

However, the great “stand-by,” as they say out in that land, was the fish.

Down your helm,” roared the captain; “stand-by to lower away the boats.

We keep the chiropractors on stand-by duty when we go riding with Plemp.

Let me be just her stand-by, her perching-place; never-never her cage!'

I had with me also two dozen bottles of the "Incomprehensible" as a sort of stand-by.

With an anchor like the stand-by, chain is best for all boats that have a place to stow it.

The cook was the fourth, and the 'boy' was left to stand-by.

WORD ORIGIN

also standby, 1796, originally nautical, of a vessel kept nearby for emergencies, from stand (v.) + by. In civil aviation, as an adjective meaning "without a booked ticket," from 1961. The verbal phrase stand by "await, support" is from 13c. As an order to hold one's self in readiness, it is recorded from 1660s.

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