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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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Folk all colored from pale and yellow to midnight blue-black never just stand back and watch they gon' say it how they see it how they feel 'bout everything and then some from roaches to do-rags from daddy-do right to David Ku-Klux Duke to sisters wringing the barest budget for another meal So, here's a taste begun in a roux sauteed in lines like "trust a man as far as you can see him 'cause you know stiff stuff don't have no conscience"
No one with an ounce of humanity can stand back and allow this to happen - and Labour won't.
Brian and Dappy stand back to back on this track - May lends his excellent guitar skills, whilst Dappy spits the lyrics.
The situation with Bombardier is farcical, as they stand back and do nothing to support the firm who are losing a contract to a German rival because of stupid EU rules.
Cue Phillip Schofield: "Stand back, stand back, she's gonna blow...
If everything else fails, we cannot stand back and watch violence erupt.
"Joey pulled him out of the way and said 'Stand back, Sam, I'll save you.'
Home Secretary John Reid yesterday ripped up the timetable over police force mergers, saying he was prepared to "stand back a little" on plans to force through the measures by next year.
Plans for a North-east police superforce are on hold after Home Secretary John Reid announced he was prepared to "stand back a little".
"I hope it's the sort of game where I can just stand back and let them play - but that's up to the players."
We could either come close and graze the surface of a mural-size work as if it were a miniature, reading its diminutive inscriptions but forgoing our desire to grasp it whole, or we could stand back to get the overall effect, thereby missing the details of the rich graffiti.
Better stand back Here's an age attack, But the second in line Is dealing with it fine.
And the Friends of Stanley Park want the club to stay - by either turning the ground around or moving the main stand back 400 yards.
Being able to stand back from the city restores its three dimensionality: the greying of its edges round it, emphasize its mass, and its density, unifying it into a solidity which belies its fragmented reality, as experienced when in among it.