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English definition of “stand up to sb/sth”

stand up to sb/sth

verb uk phrasal verb with stand   /stænd/ (stood, stood) us  
C1 to defend yourself against a powerful person or organization when they treat you unfairly: He wasn't afraid to stand up to bullies.Responding to an attack
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