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
References in classic literature ?
Mousqueton had a magnificent livery, and enjoyed the satisfaction of which he had been ambitious all his life--that of standing behind a gilded carriage.
Once when he was thus standing behind a tree, he saw that an enchantress came there, and he heard how she cried:
Rook opened a door at the end of the landing; and, turning round to speak to Emily, noticed Mirabel standing behind her.
Standing behind the young gentleman whose name is Delamayn.
At this, above the salt, sat the visiting nobles and the grown members of their families, of both sexes, -- the resident Court, in effect -- sixty-one per- sons; below the salt sat minor officers of the house- hold, with their principal subordinates: altogether a hundred and eighteen persons sitting, and about as many liveried servants standing behind their chairs, or serving in one capacity or another.
Mr Chuckster was standing behind the lid of his desk, making such preparations towards finishing off for the night, as pulling down his wristbands and pulling up his shirt-collar, settling his neck more gracefully in his stock, and secretly arranging his whiskers by the aid of a little triangular bit of looking glass.
He was standing behind the table, turning over a pile of blueprints nervously.
Bilawal Bhutto said that the political brass of the country should send a unanimous message to the world that Pakistan was firmly standing behind the people of illegally occupied Kashmir whom the Indian government has annexed.
"The whole nation is standing behind PM to support him during his US visit as it believes the premier is trustworthy," he said while responded to a question.
Here in our country, why cannot the Bralevis, Deobandis, Ahl-e-Hadees Muslims be standing behind to back and appease their Shia Muslim brothers?
Kyan turns round and realises Ozil is standing behind him and looks on in shocked silence, before Ozil gives him a hug.
The Queen is standing behind the window while holding one of the dogs.
"These campaigns aim (...) at serving a blow to the mandate and harming it, and therefore neither the President nor the FPM or its president can be accused of standing behind it, unless the political hallucination of some has reached a point where they could imagine someone shooting at himself.
No way was there room for her to be standing behind him." Another said: "She said she was behind Simon and he used his left hand to touch her right bum cheek.
Mr Scott, from Newcastle, said: "The chief marshal stopped at our point where we were standing behind the tape.