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stand up and be counted

Slang definitions & phrases for stand up and be counted



Courageous and personally accountable; bold; gutsy • Most often in the expression stand-up guy: He handled the humiliating defeat like a stand-up guy/ And he's very, very stand-up (1841+)


A live interview at the scene of a news event: I hang a left past the faded Rose law firm and the networks doing evening stand-ups at the entrance (1990s+ Televison)

[adjective sense perhaps fr stand up and be counted]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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stand up and be counted

Reveal one's convictions or opinions, especially when it requires courage to do so. For example, Stop muttering your complaints about the music; stand up and be counted if you want something changed. The counted in this expression alludes to having one's vote on a matter acknowledged. [ c. 1900 ]
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