stand on ceremony

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of stand on ceremony

: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

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

  2. : to be a specified height when fully erect

  3. : to rise to an erect position

  1. : a halt for defense or resistance

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

  3. : a stop made to give a performance

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

  2. : a conventional act of politeness or etiquette

  3. : an action performed only formally with no deep significance


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