Definition of stand down
1 : to leave the witness stand
2 chiefly British a : to go off dutyb : to withdraw from a contest, a position of leadership, or a state of alert or readiness
: 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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