stand outside (of) (something)

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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 ?
It was a Princess who was standing outside the door.
One winter's day, when the sun was shining brightly, the couple were standing outside their cottage, and the woman was looking at all the little icicles which hung from the roof.
I killed two giants, I brought away one unicorn, and caught a wild boar, and am I to fear those who are standing outside the room.' When these men heard the tailor speaking thus, they were overcome by a great dread, and ran as if the wild huntsman were behind them, and none of them would venture anything further against him.
As he spoke, he looked back with astonishment at Francis Westwick, standing outside in the corridor, and eyeing the interior of the bedchamber with an expression of undisguised disgust.
It may be that in order to realise the romance of life you must have something of the actor in you; and, capable of standing outside yourself, you must be able to watch your actions with an interest at once detached and absorbed.
Two days later, on the fifteenth of July, an immense number of carriages were standing outside the Sloboda Palace.
The horse, whose health had been drunk in his absence, was standing outside: ready harnessed to the cart.
Eleazar Matta, Laguna police director, said Manalo was standing outside his residence when unknown assailants shot him several times at 11:45 p.m.
A 41-year-old Zion man is facing a felony driving under the influence charge after police say he fatally struck a man who was standing outside a semitrailer truck Friday along Interstate 94.
Later, he shot Anwar Pahore who was standing outside the village near Garhi Yaseen in district Shikarpur.The police rushed to the scene and shifted the bodies to a local hospital for medico-legal formalities and later handed them over to the heirs.
Officials at the Lodra police station said that 22-year-old Mohammed Younis, son of Rangers sepoy Sher Mohammed Brohi, was standing outside his home when someone shot him and disappeared in the darkness.
Police sources said Liaquat was standing outside the godown when three gunmen appeared there on motorcycles.
According to police sources, a person namely Mohammad Ibrahim was standing outside his home at Kand Kashi area of Khuzdar when unidentified armed men opened fire at him and escaped from the scene.