Definition of stand up and be counted in US English:

stand up and be counted

phrase

  • State publicly one's support for someone or something.

    • ‘He has long been a lone voice advocating for human rights and has been prepared to stand up and be counted when the establishment prefers a quiet and diplomatic approach.’
    • ‘Maybe we will have someone with the ‘grit’ to stand up and be counted in our Government!’
    • ‘It's time for the Irish people to stand up and be counted.’
    • ‘Well now is the time for them to stand up and be counted and show they are true supporters.’
    • ‘It's time for our politicians to stand up and be counted and obtain the desired objective.’
    • ‘Time has come for this nation to stand up and be counted.’
    • ‘However, when no one else was willing to speak up, it was necessary to stand up and be counted.’
    • ‘It takes a lot of courage to stand up and be counted.’
    • ‘We decided it was time to stand up and be counted.’
    • ‘The borough council must stand up and be counted.’
    speak publicly, speak openly, speak boldly, speak frankly, speak one's mind, sound off, spout off, go on, stand up and be counted
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