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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