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1. Literally, to move to a standing position out of someone's or something's way. Everyone stood aside as the police officer made her way through the crowd. I stood aside of the door to allow the guests to pass through.
2. To become or remain passive or inactive as something unfolds or someone does something. You can't just stand aside while this scandal unfolds. If you want your company to survive this, you need to respond proactively! Mom, I know you mean well, but please stand aside and let me parent the way I think is best.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
1. Lit. to step aside; to get out of the way. Please stand aside while the bridal party passes by. The guests stood aside while the bride and groom left.
2. Fig. to withdraw and ignore something; to remain passive while something happens. He just stood aside and let his kids behave as they pleased. she stood aside and did not try to come between them.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.