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stand back (from someone or something)

to stand or move well away and to the rear of someone or something. Stand back from Sam. He is really angry. Would you please stand back from the edge?
See also: back, stand

stand back

v.
To assume or maintain a position away from something, especially to be out of harm's way: Stand back; that container is about to explode. The crowd stood back from the accident site.
See also: back, stand
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If you stand back in the street, you can see its cubic black and white flytower.
A few words of caution: Never pour Cognac directly from the bottle into a hot pan or over food that is already flaming; stand back when flambeing; and rehearse your flambe techniques in private before going public.
It is almost always more effective to stand back and ask yourself what the precise situation calls for rather than seek some panacea from elsewhere.
Waverley or Queen Street, stand back from the doors when they open, and let people get off the train unimpeded.
Unable to stand back and allow the mismatched psychos to escape, he begins a daring bid to save the day.
Ignoring the received advice when his girlfriend was mugged in New Orleans,he didn't meekly stand back, but chivalrously gave chase to the thieves.
Stand back a bit and the cacophony of elements resolves into recognizable shapes and colors - into a momentarily fixed and formal arrangement.
The best I could hope for was to stand back from the tableau and absorb it, to let the myriad impressions come together and offer an image.
ePro will implement the technology, however, will stand back and let the two parties communicate and negotiate amongst themselves.
LEE NAYLOR admits there are times during a game when he can do nothing but stand back and admire Aiden McGeady's magic.
It is to be hoped that, following the appalling events in America on September 11, Western leaders will stand back from any hasty action provoking even more deaths worldwide.
The basic concept allows service providers to essentially 'dump' any mix of IP, SONET, and optical wave services into an AcceLight 'box,' then stand back and let that automated optical switching take over," said Mark Heaton, consultant, Telechoice.
Petrov is always a danger and Nakamura took his free-kick well but we won't stand back and admire them.
It's like a five- or six-hour commitment, and then you can stand back and say, Hey, I did something positive,'' said Larry Caird of the Valley Child Guidance Clinic.
After seven years of devoting his remarkable talent, energies and time to nourishing and growing the PartnerRe business, it is understandable that Herbert wishes to stand back and involve himself in other pursuits.