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stand down

1. To step down from and leave the witness stand in a courtroom. Thank you for your testimony and for answering my questions, Mrs. Wilson, you may stand down now.
2. Of police or military, to cease being prepared to engage in a violent conflict. Chief, tell those officers to stand down. I can resolve this issue peacefully. Forces on either side of the disputed territory are standing down after a peace treaty was signed this morning.
3. To resign from some job or position, especially one with high power or authority. Effective immediately, I'll be standing down as director of the company. The governor was forced to stand down after the scandal became public.
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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.
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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]
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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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Sion Simon announces he is standing down and immediately Harriet Harmon's husband is parachuted into a Birmingham area.
The MP says he is standing down as MP for North Tyneside "in order to pursue other interests and look to fresh challenges", but insisted that he would continue to support Labour in the months and years to come.
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The politician, who is standing down as an MP at the next General Election, said: "Brian Quinn has been a superb chairman and is an extremely hard act to follow.
A TOURISM chief who helped boost Northumberland's profile yesterday announced he was standing down.
Mr Middlehurst joins AMs Richard Edwards, who is standing down because of ill-health; Alison Halford, who said she would stand for one term only; and Dr Phil Williams, the Plaid Cymru economic development spokesman.
"But instead of standing down and allowing the votes in a by-election to be counted, Dafydd Wigley has instead been trying to force the Assembly to change its timetable to help them out."
Reports yesterday suggested he was standing down because of damaging revelations over his presence at the Thai parlour in Northampton last November.
The 61-year-old peer, who has been caught up in the cash-for-honours controversy, is standing down as Mr Blair's envoy after nine years.
Also standing down from the board is Paul Manduca, a director for seven years, with the duo being replaced by local businessmen and lifelong Wolves fans Kevin Threlfall and John Gough, both 57.
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