to stand by

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - stand by

"to stand by"

to be ready and available to act


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - stand by

"to stand by"

to wait for something to resume


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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - stand by

"to stand by"

to be present but not become involved;

to refrain from acting


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Idiom Definition 4

Idiom Definition - stand by

"to stand by"

to remain loyal to someone or something;

to help or support someone or something


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Idiom Definition 5

Idiom Definition - stand by

"to stand by"

to maintain a principle or position on an issue


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - stand by

Two colleagues are talking on the phone ...

Colleague 1:  Looks like I may get stuck here in Houston. The weather is really bad.  Who's going to give our big presentation if I can't make it?

Colleague 2:  Consider me standing by.  I know the material quite well and I will do the presentation if you can't make it back in time.

Colleague 1:  I owe you, thanks.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - stand by

A boss is addressing the employees in an office ...

Boss:  I've just got off the phone with the electricity company. They say that the power will only be down for a short time so I would like everyone to please stand by.

Employee:  You mean we should wait?

Boss:  Yes, please wait and be ready to resume work when the power comes back on.

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Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - stand by

Two friends are talking in a grocery store ...

Friend 1:  Look at that guy trying to steal that turkey.

Friend 2:  Kind of funny isn't it?

Friend 1:  Are we just going to stand by and watch or are we going to report him?

Friend 2:  I make it a rule to never get involved so, no, I won't do anything.

Idiom Scenario 4

Idiom Definition - stand by

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Looks like the company is in so much trouble that it is going to go bankrupt. I'm going to find another job. What about you?

Colleague 2:  I have been with this company since it started so I am going to stand by it until the end.

Colleague 1:  I commend you on your loyalty.

Idiom Scenario 5

Idiom Definition - stand by

Two parents are talking ...

Mother:  It's Judy's Spring Prom dance on Friday night.

Father:  She's still grounded.

Mother:  Perhaps we could make an exception.

Father:  I think it is very important that we stand by our decisions.

Mother:  So, you think we shouldn't allow her to go to the dance?

Father:  That's correct. We abide by the rules we set.

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to stand by - Gerund Form:

Standing by with knife in hand, she was ready to carve the turkey.

Standing by, we waited for the TV program to resume.

Standing by, we watched as the man broke the store window.

Standing by his wife, he remained through thick and thin.

Standing by the fair rules of trade, the business still made a profit.

to stand by - Examples:

1)  As heart-wrenching and difficult as it is, we must stand by our decision in the interest of all patients with ALS.

2)  ... with PTSD and Bipolar Disorder. This answered a lot of questions and I chose to stand by him knowing that he would be taking the proper medication.

3)  I'd never be so cowardly as to not stand by what I've done.

4)  Being able to manufacture competitive products in America is too important for us to stand by and do nothing.

5)  If someone told a vegan they could no longer be vegan, I would stand by him or her and defend their right to be vegan.

6)  I seem to remember when the democrats were in power they stood by and let over 1,000,000 people be slaughtered in Rwanda.

7)  I am grateful you have stood by me in my worst days and kept the promise to love me.

8)  He was so unbelievably nave about the woman who stood by and did nothing to better their lives.

9)  In a statement, Myler said he stood by the evidence that he gave the committee.

10)  It wasn't always perfect, but we stood by one another through good times and bad.

11)  Debra's the sort of person who keeps a lot of plans standing by, just in case.

12)  The reason the free market is such a successful system is that socialism is always standing by, ready to tilt the playing field to make it work.

13)  We can now return to Tikrit where Alphonso Van Marsh is standing by, this time on the videophone, I believe -- Alphonso.

14)  ... getting record praise for their rapid response. According to CNN, They have teams standing by and act on the request of the State as to where to send help ...

15)  Often, they can't afford to have doctors standing by in case a woman who arrives in early labor needs surgery later on.

16)  ... is that a loyal person, that's a nonconformist. That's someone who stands by his beliefs in the face of ridicule.

17)  ... to find an ethical company that does quality work, stands by its product, and gives awesome 'after care!' 

18)  This so called loving god who stands by and lets thousands of children and babies totally innocent die horribly and painfully every ...

19)  Then the rest of the world stands by with its mouth wide open astounded how what appears to be increasingly ...

20)  Kelley's brother said he stands by her sister and offers his full support.