Definition of stand up in US English:

stand up

phrasal verb

  • (of an argument, claim, evidence, etc.) remain valid after close scrutiny or analysis.

    ‘but will your story stand up in court?’
    • ‘We are confident that our plan stands up to scrutiny and we remain committed to green energy projects.’
    • ‘Whether the allegations against her will stand up in court remains to be seen.’
    • ‘One's own morality only stands up to so much scrutiny before breaking down.’
    • ‘The question is whether, either in a court of law or in the mind of an objective observer, this defence stands up.’
    • ‘It was examined to see if the idea stood up and had integrity and financial credibility.’
    • ‘His account is rife with factual errors and fails to stand up to scrutiny.’
    • ‘However, not one of them stands up to even a modicum of scholarly scrutiny.’
    • ‘He claimed they were for me, but I know for a fact that this wouldn't stand up in a court of law.’
    • ‘I am not suggesting that his arguments necessarily stood up to academic scrutiny.’
    • ‘Therefore the notion of supply/demand does not stand up to scientific scrutiny.’
    be valid, remain valid, be sound, be plausible, hold water, hold up, stand questioning, survive investigation, bear examination, be verifiable, be provable, ring true, be convincing
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