stand back

phrasal verb
stood back; standing back; stands back

Definition of stand back

1 : to take a few steps backwards The paramedics told the crowd to stand back.
2 : 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.

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“Stand back.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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