stand aside

phrasal verb

stood aside; standing aside; stands aside
1
: to move to the left or right with one step or a few small steps
Please stand aside and let me pass.
2
: to allow something to happen : to not try to stop someone from doing something
I'm not going to stand aside and watch you ruin your life.

Examples of stand aside in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The police, which reported to Modi’s government, largely stood aside. Hartosh Singh Bal, Foreign Affairs, 12 Apr. 2024 On March 25, the United States stood aside to allow the U.N. Security Council to pass its first resolution calling for a cease-fire in Gaza. Claire Parker, Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2024 Beyoncé teased the line with a short video featuring clips of women with all different hair textures, including Beyoncé, styling their hair, as well as a clip of a young Beyonce standing aside her hair stylist mother Tina. Gina Martinez, CBS News, 7 Feb. 2024 Russians always stood aside – no use of air defenses, no retribution. Melik Kaylan, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 The Kremlin ordered its peacekeepers to stand aside during last week’s lightning assault on Artsakh’s thin defenses. Ivan Nechepurenko Nanna Heitmann, New York Times, 27 Sep. 2023 Israel must give the Palestinian Authority a reason to stand aside during this fight; otherwise, Israel will be flanked by fighting in both Palestinian territories. Audrey Kurth Cronin, Foreign Affairs, 15 Oct. 2023 During recent escalations of violence involving the hard-line Palestinian faction Islamic Jihad, Hamas fighters conspicuously stood aside as Israeli forces wiped out the military commanders of its ostensible ally. Adam Rasgon, The New Yorker, 13 Oct. 2023 For now, the Biden administration has paused the Saudi initiative, concentrating its diplomatic outreach on getting Israel’s neighbors to stand aside as Jerusalem tries to dismantle Hamas. Ellen Nakashima, Washington Post, 9 Oct. 2023

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“Stand aside.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stand%20aside. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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