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  • v. To object to or interfere with the actions of (someone seen as bullying, pushy, or controlling).
  • v. To withstand, to weather, to survive in spite of.


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  • Just as the phrase moral fiber refers to a person of upstanding character who can withstand temptation, the fiber in food helps our bodies stand up to disease.

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  • “You stand up to the costume very well, Miss Russell,” Allenby remarked.

    O Jerusalem

  • Unfortunately, the Council continued to dither, fearful that if it actually tried to stand up to Eritrea, the whole of UNMEE might be shut down.

    Surrender is not an Option

  • The audience was exhorted to hold firm to its hardwon agreements on pay, conditions, and redundancy; to stand up to their new proprietors and show them who really ran the newspapers; and not to concede so much as a matchstick of dead wood to new technology.

    Conferences are Murder

  • The scandal was particularly devastating for this president because, Schlesinger continued, Ronald Reagan was elected to be strongto stand up to the nations enemies.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • Like Winnie challenged her mother to stand up to Mrs. Landon, we need to do the same and then some.

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  • The woman smiled with relief when she saw Ready Robinson stand up to greet her.


  • Kissinger, who had admired the way Scowcroft once stood up to Haldeman, later recalled that he turned to the lieutenant general because he needed a strong person as my deputy, who would be willing to stand up to me if necessarynot every daybut to stand up for what he thought was right.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • They go off-road, they grind through the most open area, which is that NASCAR Village, they just smash through it, nothing could stand up to the power of that truck.

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  • And if Holis was strong enough to stand up to him in public, Edoran would make it crystal clear to every shareholder who was part of those negotiations that if Weasel died they would die too, on the day of his twenty-second birthday.

    Crown of Earth


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