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English definition of “stand by sb”

stand by sb

phrasal verb with stand     /stænd/ verb (past tense and past participle stood)
B2 to continue to support someone when they are in a difficult situation: She stood by him throughout his troubled career.Backing, supporting and defendingDefending and protecting
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