- The definition of a stand-down is a state of rest or ease after a state of alert.
An example of a stand-down is a platoon of army troops relaxing after being on guard and prepared for an attack.
stand-down definition by Webster's New World
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the act or an instance of standing down (see the phrase stand down under stand)
stand-down definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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A relaxation from a state of readiness or alert.
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]