Definition of stand someone off in US English:

stand someone off

phrasal verb

  • Keep someone away: repel someone.

    • ‘It is not in our interest to create the impression that a group of insurgents can stand us off for months.’
    • ‘He can easily be stood off by either of the Austrian armies.’
    • ‘I stood him off by saying I did not like that sort of game.’
    • ‘After Grant outflanked the Confederates and encircled Vicksburg, they stood him off for weeks.’
    fight off, repulse, drive away, drive back, put to flight, force back, beat back, push back, thrust back
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