Значение идиомы stand by

[stand by] {v.} 1. To be close beside or near.

Mary could nottell Jane the secret with her little brother standing by.

Wouldyou just stand by and watch the big boys beat your little brother?

2.To be near, waiting to do something when needed.

The policeman inthe patrol car radioed the station about the robbery, and then stoodby for orders.

Lee stood by with a fire extinguisher while thetrash was burning.

3. To follow or keep.

He is aboy who always stands by his promises.

4. To be loyal to; support;help.

When three big boys attacked Bill, Ed stood by him.

Somepeople blamed Harry when he got into trouble, but Joe stood by him.

Compare: BACK UP, HANG TOGETHER, STAND UP FOR.


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