stand-down

noun
\ ˈstan(d)-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce stand-down (audio) \

Definition of stand-down

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a relaxation of status of a military unit or force from an alert or operational posture

stand down

verb

Definition of stand down (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to leave the witness stand

2 chiefly British

a : to go off duty
b : to withdraw from a contest, a position of leadership, or a state of alert or readiness

transitive verb

: 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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After Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., repeatedly called for Loomer to stand down in the hearing room, or else risk her removal, Loomer continued — which is when Long stepped in with a fast-talking auctioneer chant to drown her out. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Rep. Billy Long, an auctioneer, drowns out protester shouting at Twitter's Jack Dorsey during hearing," 6 Sep. 2018 In the 39th District, Democrats went beyond prodding underdogs like Ms. Tran, 52, to stand down. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "Fearing Chaos, National Democrats Plunge Into Midterm Primary Fights," 21 Apr. 2018 Also, Trump’s personality, and his strategy, favors bold action, even when aides tell him to stand down. Sean Illing, Vox, "What does Michael Cohen’s plea deal mean for Trump? I asked 9 legal experts.," 29 Nov. 2018 The company, which launches out of a private site in New Zealand, has tried multiple times to fly this particular mission, but had to stand down after noticing some weird behavior with one of the rocket’s motor controllers. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Watch Rocket Lab try again to launch its first commercial mission to space," 10 Nov. 2018 One week before November’s ballot propositions are set to be certified, legislators offered sweeping privacy legislation in exchange for the initiative’s backers standing down. John Myers, latimes.com, "As major reform of California's initiative process nears its anniversary, the record is mixed," 24 June 2018 Curiosity has stood down from all science operations while the mission team investigates the problem. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Rover Team Confident Curiosity Will Bounce Back from Glitch," 22 Sep. 2018 Other outcomes could include a second referendum on Britain’s EU membership, a general election, or, if Mrs. May stands down, a race by other contenders like the opposition Labour Party to form a new government. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "The UK Prime Minister’s No-Confidence Vote Explained," 12 Dec. 2018 After engineers discovered an issue with the rocket's motor controller, the company stood down its launch attempt. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Firefly resurrected, World View accident, Bezos to talk space," 10 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of stand-down

Noun

circa 1919, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1681, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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