Definition of stand someone off in US English:

stand someone off

phrasal verb

  • Keep someone away: repel someone.

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