stand aside

stand aside
phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word forms "stand aside":
present tense I/you/we/they stand aside he/she/it stands aside present participle standing aside past tense stood aside past participle stood aside
1) to move to one side in order to let someone go past you

They quickly stood aside to let me pass.

2) British to not involve yourself in a situation, especially one that you should be trying to prevent

You can't just stand aside and watch your colleagues being treated like that!

3) to let someone else have your job or position

The trade secretary has been asked to stand aside in favour of her deputy.


English dictionary. 2014.

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