One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A period of relaxation after a state of alert.count noun ‘news of the stand-down had not reached Mogadishu’mass noun ‘during stand-down officers turn a blind eye’
- ‘The days in between were either stand-downs for resupply or aborted assaults due to the inability of supporting ground units to get into position.’
- ‘He says another crucial task of the mediators will be to broker a stand-down while ensuring the volatile situation does not crumble.’
- ‘When soldiers were at stand-down, food was easier to acquire and both British and German troops could expect certain food to be available with a degree of frequency.’
- ‘Turbulent was met by a US Navy depot ship on her arrival and was escorted into the port with the assistance of an American pilot at the start of a standard operational stand-down.’
- ‘A serious probe would demonstrate that the government was, at the very least, guilty of criminal negligence, and, more likely, a deliberate stand-down of intelligence and security agencies.’
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