stand out

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stand out

  1. Protrude, project, as in Those reliefs stand out from the building walls. [First half of 1500s]

  2. Be conspicuous, distinctive, or prominent, as in He's so tall that he always stands out in a crowd. [Mid-1800s]

  3. Refuse to comply, remain opposed, as in The one juror is standing out against a guilty verdict. [Late 1500s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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