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stand by (1)

Meaning: If you're standing by, you're ready to do something or help somebody.

For example:

  • stand by The airport's rescue team stands by around the clock in case there is a fire or a plane crash.

  • stand by A doctor is always standing by at the boxing stadium in case one of the fighters needs medical attention.

Quick Quiz:

A pilot tells the cabin crew to "stand by" whenever it's time to
  1. serve the food
  2. stand on passengers
  3. take off or land

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