stand behind (someone or something)

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stand behind (someone or something)

1. Literally, to stand or position oneself to the rear of someone or something. Okay, Jake, you stand behind Samantha here in line. I think that's my blind date standing awkwardly behind the statue across the square.
2. To guarantee, ensure, or show one's steadfast support of someone or something, or for someone's or something's worth, ability, performance, etc. I'm very grateful to my husband, who always stood behind me during the inquest. If your own employees won't stand behind your new software, how can you expect uptake by the public?
See also: behind, stand
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I was rather struck by a line in a blog Eilish wrote for our website recently, where she said "It's easy to support someone at the top of their game but to stand behind someone when they have been at their lowest takes belief and courage." It made me wonder if businesses support people when they're not feeling at the top of their game.
I understand why: Stand behind someone in line at the supermarket, for example, and hear them speak of someone else as "a real Christian," and you'd likely imagine an upright and morally excellent human.
He certainly will not stand behind someone if the going gets rough."
But it might still stand behind someone who stops short of supporting same-sex marriage as long as he or she is in favor of civil unions and domestic partnerships.
Their tips give advice on everything from how close you should stand behind someone at a checkout desk, to how to avoid lecherous commuters on the train.
God forbid I should ever stand behind someone in my local betting shop asking for a "lucky dip for the Scoop6".