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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.
See also: down, stand

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]
See also: down, stand

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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A DfT spokeswoman said there was "no implication against Mr Muirhead's integrity" after he stood down.
Andrew Glassonbury also appeals against the ban he received in last month's Grand National Trial at Haydock, where he was stood down for eight days for not pulling up Nicto De Beauchene until the final fence and another two days for using the whip when his mount was showing no response.
Coun Kennedy also stood down as leader earlier this week after The Journal revealed the extra votes had been traced to his home computer by a joint Tynedale District and Northumberland County Council investigation.
UVF sources claim that the brigadier for East Antrim was stood down by the organisation's chief of staff in a row over cash.
Mike Craddy, Hartlepool RNLI operations manager, said: "The crews were stood down by HM Humber Coastguard at 3.40pm after over five hours thorough searching which proved inconclusive and it is uncertain at the moment whether the search will resume in the morning."
A spokeswoman for Scots Lib Dem leader Tavish Scott said: "Mr Leslie stood down as a par l iamentar y candidate immediately.
A LIBERAL Democrat parliamentary candidate who is facing "serious" criminal allegations has stood down.
But the flight landed safely and emergency crews waiting to greet the Thomson flight were stood down.
JAMIE CODD, successful aboard Character Building in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival last month, has been stood down for three weeks following his fall at Tipperary on Thursday evening.
PAGES 10-11 Standing down LEADING Liverpool PR guru Dougal Paver has stood down from the board of a key city regeneration agency.
WOLVES chairman Rick Hayward today stood down after almost three years at the helm at Molineux.
Mr Portillo stood down as Conservative MP for Kensington and Chelsea at the last election and has become a regular political commentator on This Week for the BBC as well as writing a column in The Sunday Times.
Robin Draycott (above), who stood down from his Castle Bromwich ward in June, died suddenly on Wednesday night.
He also claimed two other senior prison officers were present when he issued the instructions on which towers were to be stood down.
Ex-Justice Minister Jane Kennedy, who stood down in the last reshuffle, was asked if he operated like a Mafia boss using henchmen to deal with enemies.