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stand down

 
1. to step down, particularly from the witness stand in a courtroom. The bailiff told the witness to stand down. Please stand down and take your seat.
2. [for military forces] to move away from readiness for war. After the peace treaty was signed, troops on both sides stood down.
See also: down, stand

stand down

1. Leave a witness stand, as in The judge told her to stand down. [Late 1600s]
2. Withdraw, as from a political contest or a game or race, as in Harry decided to stand down as a candidate for mayor. [Late 1800s]
3. Go off duty, as in The American forces were ordered to stand down. [Early 1900s]
See also: down, stand

stand down

v.
1. To withdraw or resign, as from a political contest: Because the candidate was behind in the polls, he decided to stand down.
2. To end a state of readiness or alert: The troops were ordered to stand down.
3. To leave a witness stand: The judge allowed the witness to stand down.
See also: down, stand
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Stand Down got its start in the late 1980s in the San Diego area when Vietnam veterans with concerns about their homeless fellow veterans put on the first event.
Stand Down is the military term for a safe haven respite from combat for battle-weary troops -- a time to rest and recuperate from the horrors of war.
The recent Stand Down event in Knoxville was an opportunity for local organizers to get clothes to many of the veterans in attendance.
Our decision to stand down has not been taken lightly and we would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of those people for their help and support over our years at the hall.
Stand Down on the grounds of Independence Hall at 59 South St.
THE Tory councillor suspended after calling for a Muslim journalist to be stoned to death on Twitter is to stand down.
But former Heritage Minister Rhodri Glyn Thomas, who represents the seat at Cardiff Bay, refused to stand down, and Mr Price indicated his intention to seek a regional list seat.
Summary: Former Cabinet minister James Purnell will stand down from Parliament at the general election.
The move comes as the party searches for a new leader, following the announcement by current chief Nigel Farage he will stand down to challenge the speaker of the Commons John Bercow for his Buckingham seat.
Mersey MP to stand down MERSEYSIDE MP Claire Curtis-Thomas is to stand down at the next general election.
SPRINGFIELD - Lined up for haircuts, dental work, winter clothes and lunch, hundreds of military veterans and their families turned out for Saturday's Stand Down event.
ANOTHER day, another two MPs say they will stand down at the next General Election.
PONTYPRIDD RFC teammanager Wayne Cullen is to stand down from his post.
Mr Conway was stripped of the Tory whip, suspended and forced to stand down at the next election after a sleaze probe found he had paid his sons Freddie and Henry pounds 82,000 of taxpayers' cash.
But he was quickly cleared of any wrongdoing by the North-East Liberal Democrats group and reinstalled as leader, only to stand down again yesterday as the case was referred to the standards board.