from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. to continue on the same tack or course.


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  • It is certainly a remarkable fact, that the minute unstriped muscles, by which the hairs thinly scattered over man's almost naked body are erected, should have been preserved to the present day; and that they should still contract under the same emotions, namely, terror and rage, which cause the hairs to stand on end in the lower members of the Order to which man belongs.

    The expression of the emotions in man and animals

  • My breath held in my throat until I saw Gunz walk out to stand on the street.

    Real wifeys

  • If Reagan did anything, says historian Robert Dallek, it was simply to stand on the shoulders of every other Cold War president before him.


  • “Fisk is not the type to stand on the mound listening,” reliever Bob Veale said.

    The Greatest Game

  • Norah asked everyone to stand on the downhill side of the GPR as she prepared to align the transmitter such that it would scan the area of the meteorite hole, almost three football fields away.

    Deception Point

  • Quark had to stand on one foot, just to keep his balance, to spare his delicate earflesh.


  • Four paces away was a bright red Persian rug; Epaphroditus and Octavian moved Caesarion to stand on it, and there could be no more delays.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • When he was in near enough to stand on the railbed with his head and shoulders out of the water, he even risked a quick flash of his headlamp at the tangled brush along the bank.

    Drowned Hopes

  • The three-and four-story houses, crafted of a million small stones, seemed to stand on each others shoulders, or thigh to thigh, creating between and around them a warren of living spaces that resembled some kind of stone hive more than any human community.

    The Italian Summer

  • Having passed the all-conclusive Ordinance for Presbytery, the two Houses had resolved to stand on their dignity, and resent the attempted dictation of the City, the Sion College conclave, the Assembly, and the Scottish Commissioners.

    The Life of John Milton


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