stand down

verb

Definition of stand down

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to leave the witness stand

  3. 2 chiefly British a :  to go off dutyb :  to withdraw from a contest, a position of leadership, or a state of alert or readiness

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to remove from active duty In December of 1944, it was judged safe to stand down the Home Guard … after four and a half years of guarding Britain against invasion. — Anthony Bailey

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