(to be) on standby

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - on standby

"(to be) on standby"

to be ready and available to be used if needed


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - on standby

"(to be) on standby"

to be waiting for a seat on a full commercial airplane flight should a seat become available


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - on standby

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I sure hope that everything goes well with our presentation. We are relying so heavily on our powerful images that if the projector malfunctions, we will be in trouble. We may lose the account.

Colleague 2:  Don't worry about the projector.  I have another one on standby.

Colleague 1:  You have a spare projector?

Colleague 2:  Yes.  And it's brand new and tested.

Colleague 1:  That's a relief.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - on standby

A couple are talking on the phone ...

Girlfriend:  So what time will you arrive home?

Boyfriend:  Things are crazy here at the Atlanta airport. I've been put on standby for the next flight. If I get on the flight, I'll be home by ten.

Girlfriend:  So, because you are on standby, I really don't know when to expect you?

Boyfriend:  You're right. I might not get on the next flight. Stay at home. I'll call when I get on a flight.

(to be) on standby - Usage:


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(to be) on standby - Gerund Form:

Being on standby, the firefighters were ready in case of a fire.

Being on standby at a busy airport could mean waiting for many hours.

(to be) on standby - Examples:

1)  But I did note that battery life on standby was measured in several days, which is fairly good for a budget Android tablet.

2)  ... there are four main coolant circulating pumps, one of which is always on standby.

3)  Our architect is on standby to file the required self-certification documentation with the Department of Buildings when the building meets ...

4)  If necessary, a tanker can be on standby to provide additional fuel as required.

5)  I'm going to have to be on standby on this one, just in case we get some nightmare.

6)  ... 10 hours of video, 140 hours of audio playback, or one month on standby. Like any rechargeable battery technology, the iPad's battery loses capacity over time ...

7)  Radio operators were on standby in case someone was injured.

8)  Crank up those air conditioners and keep the swimsuits on standby because we're in for more hot temperatures this week.

9)  I'm sure all of the teams that were on standby, ready to go in and rescue these folks would have gladly risked their lives ...

10)  ... a friend lined up to check on the dogs, and friends/grandparents on standby to care for Everly when I go into labor.

11)  Remember that appliances on standby are still using energy.

12)  I have two other published authors on standby to give me their opinions on content I find questionable.

13)  ... Red Cross in southeastern Wisconsin has been asked to place a number of shelters on standby in the event of evacuation of Chicago.

14)  His 60-strong team is on standby for clean-ups allotted to them by roaming Westminster Council officials.

15)  Aircraft are on standby to support further missions in response to Hurricane Sandy.

16)  Four Typhoon jets will be on standby to intercept' rogue' aircraft intent on causing carnage at London 2012.

17)  We flew Pan Am, on standby first class tickets.

18)  I fly American, even though I book weeks ahead, I get put on standby.

19)  ... working for an Airline company, he and I have flying benefits to fly anywhere on standby for free.

20)  ... so they couldn't confirm the change. However, they did put me on standby for the flight and I got on it without trouble.