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 ?
Mousqueton had a magnificent livery, and enjoyed the satisfaction of which he had been ambitious all his life--that of standing behind a gilded carriage.
Once when he was thus standing behind a tree, he saw that an enchantress came there, and he heard how she cried:
Rook opened a door at the end of the landing; and, turning round to speak to Emily, noticed Mirabel standing behind her.
Standing behind the young gentleman whose name is Delamayn.
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.
Mr Chuckster was standing behind the lid of his desk, making such preparations towards finishing off for the night, as pulling down his wristbands and pulling up his shirt-collar, settling his neck more gracefully in his stock, and secretly arranging his whiskers by the aid of a little triangular bit of looking glass.
He was standing behind the table, turning over a pile of blueprints nervously.
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.
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.
This produces a pain in the neck for the women carrying the bag--and for the people standing behind them in security lines.
Standing behind the counter of Foremost Liquor Market as reporters peppered him with questions, Sidhu was all smiles.
I am standing behind the headmaster, and between Olwyn Skelton and Iris Lucas.