stand on ceremony

Definition of stand on ceremony

  1. :  to insist on doing the things that are usual or expected in polite or formal behavior —usually used in negative statements He doesn't stand on ceremony, he gets the job done.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to support oneself on the feet in an erect position

    :  to be a specified height when fully erect

    :  to rise to an erect position

  1. :  a halt for defense or resistance

    :  an often defensive effort of some duration or degree of success

    :  a stop made to give a performance

  1. :  a formal act or series of acts prescribed by ritual, protocol, or convention

    :  a conventional act of politeness or etiquette

    :  an action performed only formally with no deep significance

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