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stand back

To remain in or move to a position away from something, especially if it is dangerous. Please stand back from that television—you'll hurt your eyes being so close to it. Police officers are urging onlookers to stand back as animal control attempts to sedate the mountain lion.
See also: back, stand

stand back (from someone or something)

to stand or move well away and to the rear of someone or something. Stand back from Sam. He is really angry. Would you please stand back from the edge?
See also: back, stand

stand back

v.
To assume or maintain a position away from something, especially to be out of harm's way: Stand back; that container is about to explode. The crowd stood back from the accident site.
See also: back, stand
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But I think that as we on the left try to re-imagine what the role of the press--and the left--should be in the age of soundbite journalism and mega-media mergers, we would do well to stand back from Limbaugh's rightwing rhetoric and consider the shrewdness of his approach.
The tail's rampant exotica, however, are almost entirely invisible -- detectable to spacecraft that fly through them, yet frustratingly inaccessible to scientists trying to stand back and look at the big picture.
He said: "I am not prepared to stand back and watch a Tory-led Government at Westminster condemn a new generation to the scrap heap.
A Treasury source said: "The lesson from the 80s is you cannot just stand back and do nothing.
Firemen stand back as the Tower Ballroom is engulfed by a huge pall of smoke as it burns during April, 1969.
And while his previous work s have offered peripheral-vision-filling opportunities to stand back in awe, his latest efforts encourage a consideration that is up close and personal.
If you stand back in the street, you can see its cubic black and white flytower.
A few words of caution: Never pour Cognac directly from the bottle into a hot pan or over food that is already flaming; stand back when flambeing; and rehearse your flambe techniques in private before going public.
It is almost always more effective to stand back and ask yourself what the precise situation calls for rather than seek some panacea from elsewhere.
Waverley or Queen Street, stand back from the doors when they open, and let people get off the train unimpeded.
Unable to stand back and allow the mismatched psychos to escape, he begins a daring bid to save the day.
Ignoring the received advice when his girlfriend was mugged in New Orleans,he didn't meekly stand back, but chivalrously gave chase to the thieves.
Stand back a bit and the cacophony of elements resolves into recognizable shapes and colors - into a momentarily fixed and formal arrangement.
The best I could hope for was to stand back from the tableau and absorb it, to let the myriad impressions come together and offer an image.
ePro will implement the technology, however, will stand back and let the two parties communicate and negotiate amongst themselves.