stand outside

stand outside (of) (something)

1. Literally, to remain standing in a place or position outside of something else. What's taking you so long? I've been standing outside your house for nearly 20 minutes! Dozens of people were forced to stand outside of the building in freezing temperatures while they waited to be seen by a government agent.
2. To be or remain disconnected from or uninvolved with something. Sometimes you have to be standing outside a situation to appreciate how best to deal with it. The company has always stood outside of the trends and fads of its contemporaries.
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stand outside (of) (something)

to remain outside of a place, standing. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Judy stood outside the shop, waiting for it to open. How long have you been standing outside the door in this cold wind?
See also: outside, stand
References in classic literature ?
"But it was foolish to stand outside and look at the windows.
The king comforted her and said: 'Leave your bedroom door open this night, and my servants shall stand outside, and when he has fallen asleep shall go in, bind him, and take him on board a ship which shall carry him into the wide world.' The woman was satisfied with this; but the king's armour-bearer, who had heard all, was friendly with the young lord, and informed him of the whole plot.
I seemed to stand outside myself and to look at myself incredulously.
I could but stand outside, and take a last look at the two sweet children, ere they disappeared within, and the golden gate closed with a bang.
One passer-by wrote on Facebook: "I am not one for posting, but after seeing this young man stand outside Canary Wharf station all day in the rain from 9am until 10pm tonight, I cant help but get a word out to try and help him.
Huang continued to stand outside the shop and continued her demented laughter.
He said that desired result from shifting of bus stand outside city on bypass could not be achieved if this mafia was let free.
LAHORE -- Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Maryam Nawaz has vowed to stand outside Kot Lakhpat jail until doctors are granted access to treat her father, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif who is serving a seven-year term in a corruption reference.
LAHORE -- As the matter regarding former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's medical treatment lingers on, Maryam Nawaz has announced on Friday that she will stand outside Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail in protest.
Now white, it was left to stand outside Strong Memorials on Park Road, Bloxwich, which is part of the Andrew Walsh funeral company.
If you don't want to go to the park, then just stand outside someone's house who does have them and watch till they invite you in to share their buffet food.
"She said, 'Do you remember the days we used to come up from Leeds and Manchester and stand outside in the pouring rain and get knocked about by horses?' "They couldn't get in.
Don't let your customers stand outside wait for you, because soon you'll glance back and they'll be gone.
PROUD Christmas tree farmer Mike Craig has joined special branch - after one of his firs was chosen to stand outside 10 Downing Street.
Socialist Party TD Clare Daly said it was disgusting that people had to stand outside the Dail.