The definition of a stand-down is a state of rest or ease after a state of alert.noun
An example of a stand-down is a platoon of army troops relaxing after being on guard and prepared for an attack.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
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stand-down - Phrases/Idioms
Leave a witness stand, as in The judge told her to stand down. [Late 1600s]
Withdraw, as from a political contest or a game or race, as in Harry decided to stand down as a candidate for mayor. [Late 1800s]
Go off duty, as in The American forces were ordered to stand down. [Early 1900s]