Well under way until her boss, President Obama, ordered her to stand down.
General David Petraeus himself has asked Jones to stand down.
Meanwhile Tony Blair—who was privately telling friends over the summer Gordon Brown should stand down—has called off the dogs.
When Abbas refused to stand down, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called with added pressure.
If Boehner wants to negotiate, he needs to stand down and end the shutdown.
stand down and let the fellow who is on trial take that chair.
So I have been careful to sweep away that obstacle by offering to stand down.
At this very unexpected reply the spectators tittered, and Mr. Sergeant Buzfuz said curtly, "stand down, sir."
"If that's all you know about it, you may stand down," continued the King.
When we had accomplished our purpose and made everything ready for the charge, "stand down!"
Old English standan (class VI strong verb; past tense stod, past participle standen), from Proto-Germanic *sta-n-d- (cf. Old Norse standa, Old Saxon and Gothic standan, Old High German stantan, Swedish stå, Dutch staan, German stehen), from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).
Sense of "to exist, be present" is attested from c.1300. Meaning "to pay for as a treat" is from 1821. Phrase stands to reason (1620) is from earlier stands (is constant) with reason. Phrase stand pat is originally from poker (1882); stand down in the military sense of "go off duty" is first recorded 1916. Standing ovation attested by 1968; standing army is from c.1600.
"pause, delay," Old English, from the root of stand (v.). Meaning "place of standing, position" is from c.1300; figurative sense is from 1590s. Sense of "action of standing or coming to a position" is attested from late 14c., especially in reference to fighting. Meaning "raised platform for a hunter or sportsman" is attested from c.1400.
Sense of "stall or booth" is first recorded c.1500. Military meaning "complete set" (of arms, colors, etc.) is from 1721, often a collective singular. Sense of "standing growth of trees" is 1868, American English. Theatrical sense of "each stop made on a performance tour" is from 1896. The word was formerly also slang for "an erection" (1867).