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stay behind

To remain in some location from which one or more other people have departed. We'll need someone to stay behind to give Jeff and Tina their keys to the lodge. The rest of the group decided to go on a hike, but I stayed behind to read my book by the lake.
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stay behind

[for someone] to remain in a place when others have left. I will stay behind and tell the late arrivers where you have gone. Fred always stayed behind to clean up.
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stay behind

v.
To remain in a place that others have left: I stayed behind because I had too much work to do.
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But a handful of position players and several pitchers will stay behind that day and work out as usual.
JIMMY-FLOYD Hasselbaink yesterday pleaded with Middlesbrough fans to stay behind their team after the Riverside faithful made their feelings known on the club's recent indifferent form.
10 gave him instructions to stay behind closed doors, keeping his mouth shut.
The 26-year-old former girlfriend of double child killer Ian Huntley applied to be let out with an electronic tag and a night-time curfew but was told by prisons chief Martin Narey that she must stay behind bars.
Because it takes a relatively small amount of any highly volatile organic compound to saturate waxes, only a small fraction of such chemicals that contact leaves will stay behind.
One of the more common dilemmas faced by the top wrestler is that while it's safer to stay behind the bottom man, it's necessary to come out to the side to work for a pin.
The judge told Price he would have to stay behind bars while prosecution and defence barristers prepared papers for the trial.
You get on well with the other students, so confide in one you trust and get him to stay behind with you if you're asked to again.
Travel squad: Little said he will fill out the rosters for Tuesday's intrasquad game at Jacksonville with a combination of players from major- and minor-league camps and that a handful of position players and several pitchers from big-league camp will stay behind.
The 26-year- old former girl friend of double child killer Ian Huntley applied tobe let out with an electronic tag and a night-time curfew but was told by prisons chief Martin Narey that she must stay behind bars.
McDougall said: "When we arrived we were told that there were two seats short so two of us had to stay behind.
He would even come up with one letter and stay behind if he knew it was something like a birthday card.
However, my husband went back on his word and decided to stay behind, saying he wanted to give the company another chance.