stand down
verb Date: 1681 intransitive verb 1. to leave the witness stand 2. chiefly British a. to go off duty b. to withdraw from a contest, a position of leadership, or a state of alert or readiness transitive verb to remove (as a military unit) from active duty

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  • stand-down — /stand down /, n. 1. Mil. a temporary cessation of offensive actions; cease fire; truce: a stand down for the Christmas holidays. 2. a work stoppage or layoff. Also, standdown. [1920 25; n. use of v. phrase stand down] * * * …   Universalium

  • stand down — ► stand down 1) (also stand aside) resign from or leave a position or office. 2) relax after a state of readiness. Main Entry: ↑stand …   English terms dictionary

  • stand down — index demit Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • stand-down — noun 1. a suspension and relaxation from an alert state or a state of readiness • Syn: ↑standdown • Hypernyms: ↑abeyance, ↑suspension 2. (military) a temporary stop of offensive military action • Syn: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • stand down — phrasal verb Word forms stand down : present tense I/you/we/they stand down he/she/it stands down present participle standing down past tense stood down past participle stood down 1) [intransitive] to leave a job or position, especially an… …   English dictionary

  • stand down — UK US stand down Phrasal Verb with stand({{}}/stænd/ verb (stood, stood) ► [I] UK to leave your job or official position: stand down as sth »He stood down as chairman last Tuesday …   Financial and business terms

  • stand down — 1》 (also stand aside) resign from a position or office. 2》 (stand down or stand someone down) relax or cause someone to relax after a state of readiness. 3》 (of a witness) leave the witness box after giving evidence. → stand …   English new terms dictionary

  • stand down — tell the troops to stand down Syn: relax, stand easy, come off full alert …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • stand down — verb a) To wait; to stop pursuing or fighting. They ordered the troops to stand down for the moment. b) To withdraw or retire from a position or from a team. transitive and/or intransitive …   Wiktionary

  • stand down — phr verb Stand down is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑chairman …   Collocations dictionary

  • stand down — PHRASAL VERB If someone stands down, they resign from an important job or position, often in order to let someone else take their place. [V P] Four days later, the despised leader finally stood down, just 17 days after taking office... [V P as n] …   English dictionary

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