Definition of stand up to in US English:

stand up to

phrasal verb

  • 1Make a spirited defense against.

    ‘giving workers the confidence to stand up to their employers’
    • ‘He could not bear to think that a young man dared to stand up to him.’
    • ‘A brave community who stood up to an abusive yob have won justice and an anti-social behaviour order to keep him under control.’
    • ‘Covertly, then with more confidence, he stands up to the school bully.’
    • ‘People who stood up to criminals had their shop windows smashed.’
    • ‘I learned early on the spirit to stand up to my father, that he wasn't right because he was bigger than me or had a louder voice.’
    • ‘A defiant single mum plans to create a haven for her children and their friends to rebuild community spirit after standing up to nuisance neighbours.’
    • ‘Even if you don't win the fight at least people can say you stood up to her.’
    • ‘Workers want to see a union that's willing to have a go, to stand up to the boss and fight for their interests.’
    • ‘If we defeat the congestion tax then it will give people confidence to stand up to other measures imposed on us by authority.’
    • ‘His central challenge is to reaffirm his masculinity by standing up to his father.’
    defy, confront, challenge, oppose openly, resist, show resistance to, brave, take on, put up a fight against, take a stand against
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  • 2Be resistant to the harmful effects of (prolonged wear or use).

    • ‘Cotton can also be ironed at relatively high temperatures, stands up to abrasion and wears well.’
    • ‘It will be interesting to see how this landform stands up to wear and tear from the public.’
    • ‘But unfortunately he has had problems and I don't really think his legs would stand up to any more racing.’
    • ‘I went around to see mum and Andrew to say goodbyes and make sure their network will stand up to two weeks of unsupervised use.’
    • ‘The first is the way the tyres stand up to the wear and tear imposed by a circuit on which the cars spend more time braking on full power than at any other track.’
    • ‘The tamper resistant properties of the unit - including standing up to a little high voltage - is what protects the asset.’
    • ‘And it stands that if a higher-strength material that stands up to super cold conditions were available, designers might specify it.’
    • ‘But once I'd made a couple of tackles, I was fine and confident my back would stand up to anything.’
    withstand, survive, come through, come through unscathed, outlast, outlive, weather, ride out
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