stay behind

idiom

: to not leave at the present time
You can go on ahead. I'll stay behind to help clean up.

Examples of stay behind in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Torres said having both her father and her mother stay behind in Haiti hadn’t been easy. Michael Wilner, Miami Herald, 31 May 2024 But Scanlon never courted the spotlight, preferring to stay behind the scenes. Stuart Sucherman, Variety, 11 May 2024 Gladys will stay behind the scenes for six more weeks until her arm heals. Erin Couch, The Enquirer, 18 Apr. 2024 This newest addition is geared toward families and teams, and all 390 rooms are pet-friendly, so no one needs to stay behind. Rebecca Deurlein, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 Wesley planned to travel with James Sr. to the gathering while James Sr.'s 28-year-old son, James McKinley Barber Jr., was asked to stay behind with a dog, according to the release. Leo Bertucci, The Courier-Journal, 19 Feb. 2024 Her husband’s three older children weren’t allowed to come with them and had to stay behind with their aunts in Rafah. Ruby Mellen, Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2024 Dozens of interviews over the last two years show that the reasons civilians stay behind in war zones are complicated. Marc Santora Tyler Hicks, New York Times, 18 Feb. 2024 Her parents hastily abandoned their roomy home to flee and move into this daughter’s cramped quarters, though grandmother Zorya chose to stay behind. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 13 Nov. 2023

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“Stay behind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stay%20behind. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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