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 ?
Everything was ready now; students stood crowded together in the foreground, and others stood behind them on chairs and tables.
Beecroft replaced Beckett's two women and one man with three of her doubles, two of whom were seated, wearing matching brown wigs and overcoats and with bare feet and legs, while a third, in platform shoes, "sensible" underwear, and a red wig, stood behind them.