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stand for something

 
1. to permit something; to endure something. The teacher won't stand for any whispering in class. We just can't stand for that kind of behavior.
2. to signify something. In a traffic signal, the red light stands for "stop." The abbreviation Dr. stands for "doctor."
3. to endorse or support an ideal. The mayor claims to stand for honesty in government and jobs for everyone. Every candidate for public office stands for all the good things in life.
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stand for something

1. to represent something She explained that DIN stands for “do it now.” Traditionally, images of lions stand for royalty.
2. to support particular principles or values I'm not sure whether that group stands for more or less regulation of the power industry. He wanted his party to stand for human rights.
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stand for

1. Represent, symbolize, as in The stars and stripes stands for our country. [Early 1600s]
2. Advocate, support, uphold, as in The National Writers Union stands for freedom of the press. [c. 1300] Also see stand up for.
3. Put up with, tolerate. This usage is generally in a negative context, as in Mother will not stand for rude behavior. [Late 1800s] Also see hold still for.
4. stand for something. Have some value or importance, as in She realized that appearances do stand for something. This usage dates from the mid-1800s but was preceded by stand for nothing, meaning "be worthless," dating from the late 1300s. Also see stand in for.
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stand for

v.
1. To represent something; symbolize something: In military code, "Charlie" stands for the letter C. What does your middle initial stand for?
2. To advocate or support something: I stand for freedom of the press.
3. To tolerate something; put up with something: We will not stand for rude behavior.
4. To run in some election or for some elected office: The incumbent stood for reelection.
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As Hamilton himself said, sounding curiously modern, "Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.
If you stand for everyone, you stand for nothing and no one.
The result of this content-free, stand for nothing strategy is that despite President Obama's deep unpopularity, most key Senate races remain toss-ups, with many polls showing the GOP candidate trailing in the race," observed Mr.
After all, if you stand for nothing, then eventually you'll fall for anything.
This party is finished - terrified at the prospect of a General Election, they stand for nothing and have fallen for everything.
Enforcing the Moshi Monsters brand with its cheerful, upbeat tone and a well-worn mantra ("if you stand for nothing, you'll fall for anything") Wip Vernooij and Morgan Francis's film should entertain youngsters, who have already been bitten by the virtual pet bug.
But I believe if you don't stand for something, you don't stand for nothing," he added.
They seem to stand for nothing, certainly not engagement in any processes, simply because they claim all processes are flawed
This obnoxious and unnecessary proposal is nothing like 'a new kind of counter-terrorist policing' and very much like the actions of a Third World dictatorship where civil rights stand for nothing.
Pierce's admission last week only underscores the real problem: Politicians who stand for nothing and routinely betray the public interest are in no position to demand that city workers display more honor and integrity than the people who run the show.
These people can be discounted - they stand for nothing but the tribalist hard core, with so much invested in hating Plaid that they can't think beyond it.
But the worst thing about all this is that we have a Lib Dem council who like typical Lib Dems, stand against everything but yet stand for nothing.
If we do, children will fall behind, and our monument will stand for nothing but an empty promise.
It is clear: If we stand for nothing, we will fall for anything.
And there are bound to be individuals inside Iraq who wish to turn the clock back and who stand for nothing and simply want to visit murder and mayhem not only on the coalition but on the Iraqi people as well.