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stand down

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Getting an idea should be like sitting down on a pin. It should make you jump up and do something.
E. L. Simpson
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English

Verb

Infinitive
to stand down

Third person singular
stands down

Simple past
stood down

Past participle
-

Present participle
standing down

to stand down (third-person singular simple present stands down, present participle standing down, simple past and past participle stood down)
  1. (idiomatic) To wait; to stop pursuing or fighting.
    They ordered the troops to stand down for the moment.

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