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stand by

phrasal verb with stand
 
 
/stænd/ verb (stood, stood)
[I] to be ready to do something: The Central Bank was standing by, ready to intervene to prevent a further slide against the dollar.
[T] to show that you still believe or support something: We stand by our view that rates may need to rise to 5% next year. The Government lost a lot of voters because it failed to stand by its election promises.
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