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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The vote was symbolic: The nonbinding resolution carries with it no mechanism to make the president stand down.
The district could ask crews to stand down on the other projects, the district said.
Mayor Mark Farrell, who six months ago bested London Breed in the bid to be interim mayor, is now calling for the opposition to stand down and allow Mayor-elect Breed to run unopposed next year.
Yet neither Donald Trump nor Xi Jinping wants to look like the one standing down, so escalation is more likely than retreat.
During the stand down, Rocket Lab decided to add a couple more satellites to the manifest for It’s Business Time.
Vice President Hubert Humphrey, the favorite after LBJ stood down, was now assured of the nomination.
Most of Lamont’s rivals stood down before the convention, including Bysiewicz, who had previously been a candidate for governor.
One man in shorts stood down a bus until the tourists disembarked.
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