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standoff

noun stand·off \ ˈstand-ˌȯf \
Updated on: 12 May 2018

Definition of standoff

1 a : tie, deadlock
  • the two teams played to a standoff
b : a counterbalancing effect
2 : the act of standing off

Examples of standoff in a Sentence

  1. The two governments are currently in a standoff over who has rights to the land.

  2. after two hours they had played to a 5–5 standoff

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First Known Use of standoff

circa 1835

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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standoff

adjective

Definition of standoff

2 : used for holding something at a distance from a surface
  • a standoff insulator

Examples of standoff in a Sentence

  1. the client's standoff attitude suggested that this was going to be a strictly business relationship

First Known Use of standoff

1837

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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stand off

verb

Definition of stand off

1 : to stay at a distance from something
2 : to sail away from the shore
1 : to keep from advancing : repel
2 : put off, stall

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First Known Use of stand off

1603

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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STANDOFF Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of standoff for English Language Learners

  • : an argument, contest, etc., in which there is no winner



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