stand back

phrasal verb

stood back; standing back; stands back
: to take a few steps backwards
The paramedics told the crowd to stand back.
: to stop doing something or being actively involved in something for a time in order to think about it and make decisions in a calm and reasonable way
It's time to stand back and take a long hard look at your problems.

Examples of stand back in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As Meghan smiled and started to enter the room with Charles, the future king appeared to tell her and Harry to stand back so that the queen could enter first, followed by him and his wife, Camilla, and then by Prince William and Kate Middleton. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, 16 Apr. 2024 But then, shrugging the sounds off as fireworks, everyone stood back up. Laura Bauer, Kansas City Star, 16 Feb. 2024 Driving through your left heel, stand back up to the starting position. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 18 Jan. 2024 Men stood back and didn’t know how to deal with me, so in a way, my queerness protected me. Katie Bain, Billboard, 8 Mar. 2024 Students of history will recall that in the late 1930s and early 1940s the U.S. stood back and watched as a dictator invaded country after country. Eleanor Dearman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 Ciara then stood back and watched proudly as Wilson kept stepping side-to-side, adding a little extra bounce along the way. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 4 Feb. 2024 Later videos show people standing back from the blazing vehicle. Don Sweeney, Sacramento Bee, 11 Feb. 2024 Basic tips on successfully gaining hunting permission still apply, like dressing in street clothes, approaching the house with one or two people maximum, being extremely polite, and standing back from the door when someone answers. Ryan Chelius, Field & Stream, 31 Jan. 2024

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“Stand back.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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