stand up to

1) PHRASAL VERB If something stands up to bad conditions, it is not damaged or harmed by them.

[V P P n/-ing] Is this building going to stand up to the strongest gales?

2) PHRASAL VERB If you stand up to someone, especially someone more powerful than you are, you defend yourself against their attacks or demands.

[V P P n] He hit me, so I hit him back - the first time in my life I'd stood up to him...

[V P P n] Women are now aware of their rights and are prepared to stand up to their employers.


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  • stand — stand …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • Stand — (st[a^]nd), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Stood} (st[oo^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Standing}.] [OE. standen; AS. standan; akin to OFries. stonda, st[=a]n, D. staan, OS. standan, st[=a]n, OHG. stantan, st[=a]n, G. stehen, Icel. standa, Dan. staae, Sw. st[*a],… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stand by — Stand Stand (st[a^]nd), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Stood} (st[oo^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Standing}.] [OE. standen; AS. standan; akin to OFries. stonda, st[=a]n, D. staan, OS. standan, st[=a]n, OHG. stantan, st[=a]n, G. stehen, Icel. standa, Dan. staae,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stand — /stand/, v., stood, standing, n., pl. stands for 43 63, stands, stand for 64. v.i. 1. (of a person) to be in an upright position on the feet. 2. to rise to one s feet (often fol. by up). 3. to have a specified height when in this position: a… …   Universalium

  • Stand Up — may refer to:* Stand up comedy MusicAlbums* Stand Up (Dave Matthews Band album) * Stand Up (Everyday Sunday album) * Stand Up (Jethro Tull album) * Stand Up! (album), an album by The Archers * Stand Up (Blue King Brown album), an album by Blue… …   Wikipedia

  • stand-by — [ stɑ̃dbaj ] n. inv. et adj. inv. • 1975; de l angl. stand by passenger, de to stand by « se tenir prêt » et passenger « passager » ♦ Anglic. 1 ♦ Personne qui voyage en avion sans avoir réservé sa place (cf. Passager en attente). 2 ♦ N. m. Voyage …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • stand — [stand] vi. stood, standing [ME standen < OE standan; akin to MDu standen, Goth standan < IE base * stā , to stand, be placed > L stare, to stand, Gr histanai, to set, cause to stand] 1. a) to be or remain in a generally upright position …   English World dictionary

  • stand — ► VERB (past and past part. stood) 1) be in or rise to an upright position, supported by one s feet. 2) place or be situated in a particular position. 3) move in a standing position to a specified place: stand aside. 4) remain stationary or… …   English terms dictionary

  • Stand Up — Álbum de Jethro Tull Publicación 1 de agosto de 1969 Grabación Abril de 1969 Género(s) Rock, rock progresivo, blues y …   Wikipedia Español

  • Stand — (st[a^]nd), n. [AS. stand. See {Stand}, v. i.] 1. The act of standing. [1913 Webster] I took my stand upon an eminence . . . to look into their several ladings. Spectator. [1913 Webster] 2. A halt or stop for the purpose of defense, resistance,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stand — can mean several things:Objects*A stand, when referring to an object, is an object that has a massive head another object, usually for display purposes (at events or places such as a conference, a congress, a shop, etc.). See column, armature… …   Wikipedia

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