take the stand


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take the stand

To testify in court during a trial. We'll only be able to convict this scumbag if you're willing to take the stand—the whole case falls apart without your testimony. The defendant took the stand to give her version of events.
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take the stand

to go to and sit in the witness chair in a courtroom. I was in court all day, waiting to take the stand. The lawyer asked the witness to take the stand.
See also: stand, take
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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