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standbynoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈstændˌbɑɪ/ (plural standbys)
something available for use when needed, or the state of being ready for use: I have several meals I use as standbys for unexpected company. Cary also has sought to put more contractors on standby for major storms. If you fly standby, you hold a ticket and are ready to travel when space becomes available on a flight.
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