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1. To protrude from something; to project outward from something. I don't know why they included a balcony that stands out so far from the actual building. He chose a strong branch standing out from the tree to hang the swing from.
2. To be especially noticeable, conspicuous, or prominent, especially in comparison to someone or something else. I generally wear neutral clothing so that I don't stand out. Her haircut really makes her stand out from the rest of her friends. The picture's red frame makes it stand out against the green wall.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
stand out (from something)
to protrude from something. One very straight branch in particular stood out from the tree and looked suitable for a post. The branch stood out and made a perfect place to hang my shirt while I worked.
(against someone or something) to be prominent or conspicuous against a background of someone or something. Your red coat really stands out against all those dull brown ones. With that deep tan, you really stand out against the others.
(from someone or something) to be prominent when compared to someone or something. As a programmer, she stands out from all the others. This entry stands out from all the rest in this show.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Protrude, project, as in Those reliefs stand out from the building walls. [First half of 1500s]
2. Be conspicuous, distinctive, or prominent, as in He's so tall that he always stands out in a crowd. [Mid-1800s]
3. Refuse to comply, remain opposed, as in The one juror is standing out against a guilty verdict. [Late 1500s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To be obvious, conspicuous, or prominent: The moon stands out among the stars. The champion athletes stand out among their peers.
2. To protrude; project: The gargoyle stands out from the side of the building.
3. To maintain a course away from shore. Used of a ship or other vessel: The ship stood out to sea.
4. stand out against To refuse compliance with or maintain opposition to someone or something: They are standing out against the verdict.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.