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stand someone or something off

to repel the attack of someone or something; to defend against someone or something; to stave someone or something off. It was all we could do to stand them off. The soldiers stood off the attackers as long as they could.
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stand off

some place [for a ship] to wait some distance from a point on shore. The ship stood off at some distance, waiting for its berth. We stood off about a mile from shore and went to land in small boats called tenders.
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stand off

1. Stay at a distance, remain apart, as in Carol stood off from the others. [First half of 1600s] This usage gave rise to the adjective standoffish for "aloof" or "reserved in a haughty way."
2. Put off, keep away, as in The police stood off the angry strikers. [Second half of 1800s]
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stand off

v.
1. To stay at a distance; remain apart: She stood off from the group. He stood off by himself.
2. To maintain a course away from shore. Used of a ship or other vessel: The ship stood off to sea.
3. Sports To move backward so that one is farther away from some opponent: The boxer stood off his opponent. The defender stood off the attacker, allowing her a shot on goal.
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The Social Democrats' train was ahead of the one involved in the stand off, however, and no more protesters arrived for about four hours.
Once the comer posts are solid, add the number of strands of wire desired using stand off brackets along the line and insulators at the comers or turns as necessary.
Initial development and testing phases of the stand off sensor suite intended for detection of suicide bomber explosive and chemical threats is continuing under government funded programs.
From the restart Vale stand off Andy Barnett charged down Danny Col-lins's clearance kick for the visitors to regain the lead before Phil Kearns finished off a multi-phase LSH attack on the stroke of half-time to make it 10-8.
Once the corner posts are solid, add the number of strands of wire desired using stand off brackets along the line and insulators at the corners or turns as necessary.
Ally Dawson returns at stand off and captain Nick Armstrong will be back at centre.