One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she had stood by him during his years in prison’
be loyal to, remain loyal to, stand up for, support, give one's support to, be supportive of, back, back up, give one's backing to, uphold, defend, come to the defence of, stick up for, champion, take someone's part, take the side of, side with
2‘the government must stand by its pledges’
abide by, keep, keep to, adhere to, hold to, stick to, observe, heed, comply with, act in accordance with
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