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1 the finish of a contest in which the score is tied and the winner is undecided; "the game ended in a draw"; "their record was 3 wins, 6 losses and a tie" [syn: draw, tie]
2 the act of repulsing or repelling an attack; a successful defensive stand [syn: repulsion]

User Contributed Dictionary



From stand + off



  1. To operate some distance from the object of the operation
  2. To become involved in a social confrontation, or conflict of interests. (To cause a stand-off is to undertake the action itself.)


  1. A device which maintains a fixed distance between two objects, especially between a surface and electrical wiring.
  2. A social confrontation, or conflict between persons (see above verb).
    I don't want to get involved in the standoff between those two.

Alternative forms

Stand off
Stand-off (Adjective)

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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