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stand down

verb

Definition of stand down

  • intransitive verb
    1. 1 :  to leave the witness stand

    2. 2 chiefly British a :  to go off dutyb :  to withdraw from a contest, a position of leadership, or a state of alert or readiness

    3. transitive verb
    4. :  to remove (as a military unit) from active duty



    1681

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    1681


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