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Phrasal Verbs

stand for (3)

This page is about the phrasal verb stand for (3)

Meaning

If you won't stand for something, you won't accept it or allow it to happen.

Synonym

put up with, tolerate (formal)

For example

  • not stand for sth Cheating in exams was the one thing that my teacher wouldn't stand for.

  • not stand for sth Our boss won't stand for dishonesty, and she says she'll sack anyone who isn't totally honest.

Note:
Always used in negative constructions, such as "won't stand for", "not going to stand for" or "would never stand for".

Quick Quiz

The president said he wouldn't stand for any more corruption, and if he caught anyone involved in it, he would

a. forgive them

b. protect them

c. punish them

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