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stand down

 
1. to step down, particularly from the witness stand in a courtroom. The bailiff told the witness to stand down. Please stand down and take your seat.
2. [for military forces] to move away from readiness for war. After the peace treaty was signed, troops on both sides stood down.
See also: down, stand

stand down

1. Leave a witness stand, as in The judge told her to stand down. [Late 1600s]
2. Withdraw, as from a political contest or a game or race, as in Harry decided to stand down as a candidate for mayor. [Late 1800s]
3. Go off duty, as in The American forces were ordered to stand down. [Early 1900s]
See also: down, stand

stand down

v.
1. To withdraw or resign, as from a political contest: Because the candidate was behind in the polls, he decided to stand down.
2. To end a state of readiness or alert: The troops were ordered to stand down.
3. To leave a witness stand: The judge allowed the witness to stand down.
See also: down, stand
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Vietnam vet Dennis Olson, a former Marine lance corporal, said he really appreciated the Stand Down.
The recent Stand Down event in Knoxville was an opportunity for local organizers to get clothes to many of the veterans in attendance.
Unfortunately due to personal reasons which have arisen in the last week Jim had also had to tender his resignation and after taking some time to consider his own position head coach Sean-Paul now also feels it best for him t t dd ll to stand down as well.
25, 2015, that there was a stand down order at the height of the firefight and eventually an elaborate effort to cover up the monumental offenses committed.
An ally said: "Gordon has confirmed to friends that he will stand down at the election in May.
A WARWICKSHIRE councillor of 16 years has announced he plans to stand down.
AFTER a long number of years on the Upperthong Village Hall Committee, and a number of those years in the role of chairpersons, Gary and I have taken the decision to stand down.
But Birmingham councillor Yvonne Mosquito is refusing to stand down from her PS10,574 a year role as chairman of the Ladywood District Committee despite being urged to do so by the region's policing watchdog.
SHREWSBURY - Stand Down has a special meaning for Vietnam War-era veterans.
SPRINGFIELD - It's a funny thing about Stand Down, the annual gathering of veterans groups and social services agencies meant to help homeless or struggling vets with everything from a free meal to a place to live.
But former Heritage Minister Rhodri Glyn Thomas, who represents the seat at Cardiff Bay, refused to stand down, and Mr Price indicated his intention to seek a regional list seat.
Summary: Former Cabinet minister James Purnell will stand down from Parliament at the general election.
Mersey MP to stand down MERSEYSIDE MP Claire Curtis-Thomas is to stand down at the next general election.
ANOTHER day, another two MPs say they will stand down at the next General Election.
But he was quickly cleared of any wrongdoing by the North-East Liberal Democrats group and reinstalled as leader, only to stand down again yesterday as the case was referred to the standards board.