First Known Use of stand-down
Definition of stand down
- 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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Through two days of debate, the opposition refused to stand down and Wednesday some pushed for a special session to deal with school safety and guns.
In 2013 his daughter, who is the state’s attorney-general, pulled the plug on a run for governor because her father was not ready to stand down.
Young: There is no surprise by the team’s decision to stand down.
As between the two of them, there is no doubt which should stand down.
Those who do stand down may be unfit to aid in their country’s reconstruction.
Johnson’s decision in March to stand down from re-election was the result of the apparent insuperability of the war.
Stamets after the last episode’s multi-jump accident but is ordered by Lorca to stand down, fearing Culber is too emotionally compromised to handle the job.
But Oswald was essentially told to stand down, the suit says.
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