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stand by (2)

Meaning: If you stand by someone, you support them or help them if they're in some sort of trouble.

Synonym: stick by (informal), support

For example:

  • stand by sb Mothers will usually stand by their children if they're accused of doing something wrong.

  • stand by sb Even though her husband had been charged with murder, Cindy stood by him throughout the trial.

Quick Quiz:

The coach said he would stand by him even though his player
  1. was caught taking drugs
  2. was the new world champion
  3. won an Olympic gold medal

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