Meaning of “stand up to sb/sth” in the English Dictionary

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"stand up to sb/sth" in British English

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stand up to sb/sth

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

C1 to defend yourself against a powerful person or organization when they treat you unfairly:

He wasn't afraid to stand up to bullies.

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  • Milly alone was brave enough to stand up to her.
  • She's a bully and you've got to stand up to her.
  • You've got to stand up to people like that.
  • If you stand up to him he'll probably back down.
  • She's not afraid to stand up to senior members of staff if she thinks they're wrong about something.

(Definition of “stand up to sb/sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)