I went to the restroom, and when I came back, she had his cellphone and was standing up at the table.
And all the while, Washington Republicans and Democrats are standing around mumbling as the defense budget gets sequestered.
Neither do I. But, several rounds of applause and a standing ovation later, Les Misérables proved all the naysayers wrong.
The white big shots circle them, standing in tuxedoes, wolfing down buffet food, drinking liquor, smoking black cigars.
I was standing in front of it and its face was all crumpled up.
He was standing to take his leave, and turned away his eyes.
She had disobeyed by just standing outside the orchard door.
The carriage was still at some distance, standing motionless where they had left it.
He seemed ever and always to be standing over her and Corney with that terrible whip.
Mrs. Collins had gone out, but Susy was standing by the door.
late 14c., action of stand (v.). In the sense of "rank, status," it is first recorded 1570s. Legal sense is first recorded 1924. Sports sense is from 1881.
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).