stand behind (someone or something)

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stand behind (someone or something)

1. Literally, to stand or position oneself to the rear of someone or something. Okay, Jake, you stand behind Samantha here in line. I think that's my blind date standing awkwardly behind the statue across the square.
2. To guarantee, ensure, or show one's steadfast support of someone or something, or for someone's or something's worth, ability, performance, etc. I'm very grateful to my husband, who always stood behind me during the inquest. If your own employees won't stand behind your new software, how can you expect uptake by the public?
See also: behind, stand
References in classic literature ?
On three of these, at a sign from Infadoos, we seated ourselves, Umbopa standing behind us.
The Queen and the outlaw had turned at the first words to see the King standing behind them, and now Norman of Torn rose, half smiling, and greeted his father.
At this, above the salt, sat the visiting nobles and the grown members of their families, of both sexes, -- the resident Court, in effect -- sixty-one per- sons; below the salt sat minor officers of the house- hold, with their principal subordinates: altogether a hundred and eighteen persons sitting, and about as many liveried servants standing behind their chairs, or serving in one capacity or another.
Jane Clayton sprang to her feet and looked about for Schneider, only to see him standing behind the newcomers, a grin upon his face.
Farther up the line a man, standing behind a tree, had had his knee joint splintered by a ball.
He was standing behind the table, turning over a pile of blueprints nervously.
The picture represented her seated on a chair, with my husband standing behind, and bending over her, holding one of her hands in his.
The eager lad, standing behind the great Akut, had been pulsing with anticipation and happiness.
Still standing behind the chair, it turned toward me.
CCTV cameras showed the man standing behind the victim and touching her before the woman turns around and tries to hit him with her bag.
Because the pound is the UK's, its strength and its security depends on the UK standing behind it.
AARON KERNAN insists Armagh weren't deliberately trying to wind Cavan up by standing behind their flag before the big bust-up in the Athletic Grounds.
Summary: The Future parliamentary bloc Tuesday accused the Syria regime of standing behind the attacks on Muslim scholars that threatened to ignite a sectarian conflict, as the Army commander vowed to nip strife in the bud.
Does he not realise that his own parents are 'coffin dodgers', and it's most likely that there is some other moron who holds the same views as him, standing behind them as they hold queues up, too?
It was bad around holes 10 and 11 and the worst thing is standing behind the ball and being more worried about it moving and incurring a penalty shot than actually holing the putt.