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stand on the shoulders of giants

To make discoveries, insights, or progress due to the discoveries or previous work of great minds that have come before. Though this is indeed an exciting discovery toward curing cancer, we have stood on the shoulders of giants to reach this point today.
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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

stand fast

To remain determined, stalwart, and unyielding, as in one's position or opinion. Though it may be hard, we must stand fast in our pledge to environmental reform.
See also: fast, stand

stand firm

To remain determined, stalwart, and unyielding, as in one's position or opinion. Though it may be hard, we must stand firm in our pledge to environmental reform.
See also: firm, stand

stand from under

dated, naval To be wary of and, if necessary, flee from something that is falling or threatening to fall from above. That captain shouted at all the hands on deck to stand from under, as the wind stripped the guy-wires from off the masts.
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stand in (one's) own light

To harm, hinder, or tarnish one's own reputation, opportunities, or advantages, as through foolish or reproachable actions; to be a hindrance or encumbrance to one's own success or ambitions. My little brother has had all the opportunities in the world growing up, but he's always been the one standing in his own light, what with all the legal trouble he gets himself into.
See also: light, own, stand

stand in (someone's) shoes

To see or understand things from someone else's position or perspective; to empathize with someone. I used to resent my dad for the placid way he was with our domineering mother, but once I grew up a bit and stood in his shoes for a while, I came to have a greater appreciation for what he must have been going through. If you encounter a bully, try standing in their shoes—they're probably deeply unhappy and redirect that feeling onto others.
See also: shoe, stand

stand in the gap

To assume a position of active, resolute defense (for or against something). From Ezekiel 22:30: "And I sought for a man among them that should make up the hedge and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found none." We are all called to stand in the gap to defend what we know in our hearts to be morally correct and essential.
See also: gap, stand

stand still for (something)

To accept, tolerate, endure, or put up with something. (Often used in the negative to indicate the opposite.) Do you really think the boss will stand still for this outrageous plan of yours? The people of this country will not stand still for the persecution administered by the despots and corrupt politicians in government.
See also: stand, still

stand by (one's) guns

To remain determined, resolute, or steadfast in one's opinion, belief, or perspective; to refuse to be persuaded by someone else into believing or doing something one does not agree with. (A less common variant of "stick to one's guns." Both phrases allude to a soldier remaining and firing his or her gun(s) at an enemy, even when the situation might be dangerous or hopeless.) The prosecution is going to try and trip you up with your statement and your alibi, but so long as you stand by your guns, there's nothing to worry about. I really admire Jess for standing by her guns during college and not submitting to the peer pressure of those around her to drink or do drugs.
See also: gun, stand

stand stock still

To not move at all. You kids need to stand stock still out here until the firemen are done investigating the building, OK? I didn't want my grandmother to catch me rooting through her jewelry box, so when I heard her in the hallway, I leaped into the closet and stood stock still.
See also: stand, still, stock

should have stood in bed

Fig. an expression used on a bad day, when one should have stayed in one's bed. What a horrible day! I should have stood in bed. The minute I got up and heard the news this morning, I knew I should have stood in bed.
See also: bed, have, should, stood

should have stood in bed, I

I've had such a bad day that I should never have gotten up at all. For example, And then I got rear-ended at the stop sign-I should have stood in bed. This ungrammatical colloquial phrase-properly put as stayed in bed-is ascribed to fight manager Joe Jacobs, who in 1935 saw his first baseball game, the opening game of the World Series between the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs. It was a very cold day, and when asked what he thought of baseball, Jacobs replied, "I should have stood in bed."
See also: have, should, stood

I shoulda stood in bed

I shouldn't have bothered. This remark came from prizefight manager Joe Jacobs, who in 1935 saw his first baseball game, the opening game of the World Series between the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs. It was a very cold day, and when asked what he thought of baseball, Jacobs replied, “I should have stood in bed.” The Cubs might have heeded that advice, because despite winning that opening game, they went on to lose the Series four games to two.
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So powerful seemed the minister's appeal that the people could not believe but that Hester Prynne would speak out the guilty name, or else that the guilty one himself in whatever high or lowly place he stood, would be drawn forth by an inward and inevitable necessity, and compelled to ascend the scaffold.
He stood straighter and straighter and looked Ben Weatherstaff in the face.
This much, Jerry, with his head becoming more and more spiky as the law terms bristled it, made out with huge satisfaction, and so arrived circuitously at the understanding that the aforesaid, and over and over again aforesaid, Charles Darnay, stood there before him upon his trial; that the jury were swearing in; and that Mr.
So these stood on one side also, and a third party took up the tale.
Far otherwise th' inviolable Saints In Cubic Phalanx firm advanc't entire, Invulnerable, impenitrably arm'd: Such high advantages thir innocence Gave them above thir foes, not to have sinnd, Not to have disobei'd; in fight they stood Unwearied, unobnoxious to be pain'd By wound, though from thir place by violence mov'd.
Then heaven sends a fierce lion thither, whereon the jackals fly in terror and the lion robs them of their prey--even so did Trojans many and brave gather round crafty Ulysses, but the hero stood at bay and kept them off with his spear.
A little further onward was the spot where Lot's wife had stood forever under the semblance of a pillar of salt.
She was almost the last to leave the hall, and she stood looking uncertainly about her as if wondering why he did not show himself.
While my would-be murderers were holding this whispered colloquy, I had stood half-petrified by the open window; unwilling to slide down the sheets into the arms of an unseen enemy, though I had no idea which of them it could be; more hopeful of slipping past my butchers in the darkness, and so to Rattray and poor Eva; but not the less eagerly looking for some hiding-place in the room.
Presently Eric saw where Little John stood among the others, a head and shoulders above them all, and he called to him loudly, "Halloa, thou long-legged fellow in scarlet
Behind him stood the aide-de-camp, the doctors, and the menservants; the men and women had separated as in church.
Five minutes later the merchant was leading his slave to the public market, where a great concourse of people filled the great open space in the centre of which stood the slave block.
On the waste meadow-land round me had once stood the shops of the richest merchants, the palaces of the proudest nobles of North Holland.
She stood shivering beneath the torrent of her mother's wrath.
Presently she sailed by a large cherry-orchard, where was a little cottage with curious red and blue windows; it was thatched, and before it two wooden soldiers stood sentry, and presented arms when anyone went past.