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  • v. To wait in expectation of some event; to make ready.
  • v. To remain loyal or faithful to.
  • v. To do nothing. To be inactive in a situation.


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  • "Around 5 am, they told me to stand by some weapons that were on the floor and they took photographs," he wrote in the letter which was shown on Mexican television channel Milenio TV.

    Mexican Politician Detained on Gun Charges

  • Mr. Madeo winked at me and said he was sure Cary would pass his English final if his tutor would stand by him.


  • On such occasions you can observe how the “I” seems to stand by itself, as if it is self-instituting, as if it is established by way of its own character.

    How to See Yourself As You Really Are

  • Notice how that “I” seems to stand by itself, self-instituting, established by way of its own character.

    How to See Yourself As You Really Are

  • Then he would stand by the door with the Pour le Mérite on his collar, his lips pouting, as always, and await the sign of dismissal from his War Lord ….

    Castles of Steel

  • "Do you wish to stand by for report?" asked Central Control.

    the ship who sang

  • I.W. The caller-system clicked, cleared its throat and announced, 'All personnel will stand by for general instructions at eight hours tomorrow.'

    Science Fiction Hall of Fame

  • My attempts to build an allegiance with the Yunamata have come to naught, and the Arjikis can enjoy their own insularity, obstinate slope dwellers! — but we Scrow will not stand by and let our Grasslands be plundered.

    Son of a Witch

  • IF you were a Russian child you would not watch to see Santa Klaus come down the chimney; but you would stand by the windows to catch a peep at poor Babouscka as she hurries by.

    Twilight stories

  • "For you, O Gloriana, fairest Virgin Queen, time shall stand by and cease to run, whilst you are here amongst us!" chorused the voices.

    Mary Queen Of Scotland And The Isles


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