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[stand-awf, -of] /ˈstændˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
noun
1.
a standing off or apart; aloofness.
2.
a tie or draw, as in a game.
3.
something that counterbalances.
4.
a prop for holding the top of a ladder away from the vertical surface against which it is leaning.
5.
Electricity. an insulator that supports a conductor above a surface.
adjective
6.
standing off or apart; aloof; reserved:
an uncordial and standoff manner.
Also, stand-off.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; noun, adj. use of verb phrase stand off
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British Dictionary definitions for stand-off

standoff

/ˈstændˌɒf/
noun
1.
(US & Canadian) the act or an instance of standing off or apart
2.
a deadlock or stalemate
3.
any situation or disposition of forces that counterbalances or neutralizes
4.
(rugby) short for stand-off half
verb (adverb)
5.
(intransitive) to navigate a vessel so as to avoid the shore, an obstruction, etc
6.
(transitive) to keep or cause to keep at a distance
7.
(intransitive) to reach a deadlock or stalemate
8.
(transitive) to dismiss (workers), esp temporarily
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Word Origin and History for stand-off
n.

also stand-off, 1843, "draw, tie," from stand (v.) + off. Mexican stand-off "stalemate" is recorded from 1891.

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Slang definitions & phrases for stand-off

standoff

noun

A balanced and static conflict; stalemate; deadlock: The union and the company are locked in a standoff (1843+)

Related Terms

mexican standoff


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