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on standby

Definition of on standby

  1. 1 :  ready or available for immediate action or use <The police officers were put on standby.>

  2. 2 :  ready to travel if a ticket becomes available <We're on standby for the next flight to Boston.>



Word by Word Definitions

standbyplay
  1. :  one to be relied on especially in emergencies

    :  a favorite or reliable choice or resource

    :  one that is held in reserve ready for use :  substitute

  1. :  held near at hand and ready for use

    :  relating to the act or condition of standing by

    :  of, relating to, or traveling by an airline service in which the passenger must wait for an available unreserved seat

  1. :  on a standby basis


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