What followed, instead, was a year of inaction, culminating in a government shutdown and a stand-off over the fiscal cliff.
The true decision, though, was between a stand-off bombing and the human raid.
A “Mexican stand-off” apparently ensued before the police realized who Andrew was.
Obama said that right now he would focus American efforts on resolving the stand-off with Iran over its nuclear program.
It must not be imagined, however, that a stand-off meant entire idleness or thorough rest.
In the minds of impartial observers the argument was a stand-off.
But no serious damage was done, and the bombardment ended in a stand-off between the two sides.
You don't know beans about me, and I don't know you from Adam's off ox, so that's a stand-off.
"That simply makes it a stand-off," remarked Mr. Botts, who was puzzled.
It's been what you might call a stand-off for a good many years.
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).