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
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There were times when it was frustrating to always be standing behind someone learning their roles, plus learning my own roles, too," says Lia Cirio, now a principal with Boston Ballet.
2) OK then, I did see her, but she was standing behind someone else, so my view was obscured.
It was like standing behind someone with gross varicose veins - you know it's stomach-churningly unsightly but you can't help sneaking another look just to be sure.
I don't like standing behind someone in a queue with their cigarette smoke wafting in my face.
The injuries come from standing behind someone who is playing a shot.