Definition of Stand back

1. Verb. Stay clear of, avoid. "Keep your distance from this man--he is dangerous"

2. Verb. Stand away from an object or person. "He stood back to look at her"
Generic synonyms: Stand, Stand Up

Definition of Stand back

1. Verb. (intransitive) To maintain a safe distance from a hazard. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To abstain from participation. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive cricket) (''of a wicket-keeper'') to stand a long way behind the wicket so as to catch balls from a fast bowler ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Stand Back

stand-up comedy
stand-up guy
stand a chance
stand and deliver
stand aside
stand back (current term)
stand by
stand conversion
stand corrected
stand density
stand down
stand easy
stand fast
stand firm
stand for
stand from under
stand guard
stand in
stand in for
stand in someone's shoes

Literary usage of Stand back

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1887)
"stand back — all of you. It's my place," he said. His lips were as white as death, but his eyes blazed like the eyes of a madman. He braced himself against ..."

2. Andersonville: A Story of Rebel Military Prisons, Fifteen Months a Guest of by John McElroy (1879)
"... Frank looked enough like a YOU MUST stand back! " Rebel to be dangerous to trust near a country store or a stable full of horses. ..."

3. The Knickerbocker: Or, New-York Monthly Magazine by Charles Fenno Hoffman, Timothy Flint, Lewis Gaylord Clark, Kinahan Cornwallis, John Holmes Agnew (1836)
"Ladies and gentlemen, stand back, and you will see' — a kiss on paper. Do n't be incredulous. I will give you the sound in types. Listen! ..."

4. John Brown Among the Quakers: And Other Sketches by Irving Berdine Richman (1894)
"The women loudly applaud, while the young men who have never killed any enemy stand back ashamed. Another warrior then steps forward and recounts his ..."

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