stand outside (of) (something)

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.
See also: outside, stand

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