Meaning of “stand back” in the English Dictionary

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"stand back" in British English

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stand back

phrasal verb with stand uk /stænd/ us /stænd/ verb stood, stood

B2 to move a short distance away from something or someone:

Please stand back - then all of you will be able to see what I'm doing.

More examples

  • Stand back while I light the fire.
  • Stand well back from the fireworks.
  • Stand back, please, I need a little more space.
  • I stood back and made sure the kids didn't go any closer.
  • Could you stand back, please, and let the ambulance staff through?

(Definition of “stand back” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)