stand by

stand by
to wait and remain ready. (Generally heard in communication, such as broadcasting, telephones, etc.) •

Your transatlantic telephone call is almost ready. Please stand by.

Is everyone ready for the telecast? Only ten seconds— stand by.

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{v.} 1. To be close beside or near. * /Mary could not tell Jane the secret with her little brother standing by./ * /Would you just stand by and watch the big boys beat your little brother?/ 2. To be near, waiting to do something when needed. * /The policeman in the patrol car radioed the station about the robbery, and then stood by for orders./ * /Lee stood by with a fire extinguisher while the trash was burning./ 3. To follow or keep (one's promise). * /He is a boy who always stands by his promises./ 4. To be loyal to; support; help. * /When three big boys attacked Bill, Ed stood by him./ * /Some people blamed Harry when he got into trouble, but Joe stood by him./ Compare: BACK UP, HANG TOGETHER, STAND UP FOR.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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