stand at

stand at (something)

1. Literally, to occupy some position or be at some location while standing. A man was standing at the side of the road with a sign reading, "The End Is Nigh!" The teacher stood at the front of the class lecturing us about our poor test results. The security guard stood at the door to keep anyone from entering the building.
2. To remain in some condition or state. I stood at attention the whole time the president was speaking. Our troops are standing at the ready—we're just awaiting your signal, captain.
See also: stand

stand at something

1. to stand in front of something; to stand in the vicinity of something. I stood at the window, watching the traffic. Tom stood at the door, counting people as they came in.
2. to stand or remain in a particular state, such as attention or readiness. The troops stood at attention for a very long time. The entire platoon is standing at readiness, awaiting further orders.
See also: stand
References in classic literature ?
Now eight districts had agreed to call upon him: if two refused to do so, Snetkov might decline to stand at all; and then the old party might choose another of their party, which would throw them completely out in their reckoning.
Try your tree stand at ground level before you risk a higher position.