on the stand


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on the stand

Testifying in court. "The stand" refers to the place where one sits when testifying. If that stool-pigeon gets up on the stand, our business will be destroyed. We've gotta shut him up, one way or another. I know you're nervous about going on the stand, but just tell the truth and everything will be all right.
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on the (witness) stand

[of a witness] giving testimony in court, seated in place in view of the court. I was on the witness stand, answering questions, when the judge declared a recess.
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