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  • 1Position, status, or reputation.

    ‘their standing in the community’
    • ‘a man of high social standing’
    • ‘For centuries, spouse selection was subject to family status and social standing.’
    • ‘All of these arguments for social equality rightly stress the importance of people's social status or public standing.’
    • ‘University status will strengthen the institute's academic reputation and international standing.’
    • ‘The person who defends them is a man of good standing, not dynamic but dependable.’
    • ‘All serving officers of good standing were entitled to join the RUC, the fledgling Six Counties police force.’
    • ‘Her witnesses confirmed that she was a lady of good standing with an annual income of 300 marks and some claim to royal blood.’
    • ‘If the customer is of good standing, then the bank will permit him to draw against uncleared proceeds within a given ceiling and usually without prior approval.’
    • ‘Only in Pakistani cricket could someone's reputation and standing undergo the sort of transformation that Waqar Younis has just enjoyed.’
    • ‘In my view nothing does more to depress the reputation and standing of teachers than to witness the annual antics that go on there.’
    • ‘It is crucially important to the city's reputation and standing nationally and internationally.’
    • ‘The rank and social standing of the subjects of portraiture are also expressed by conventions, which shift with time.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, not all who are in leading positions or of high standing understand this, as was manifested by the talk show.’
    • ‘Winning an Oscar, it is reasoned, should have a positive effect on feelings of perceived social standing.’
    • ‘You are the very first black woman to occupy a position of this standing.’
    • ‘Poverty often leads to conditions in which women's civil rights and social standing is far below that of men.’
    • ‘In the 1850s and 1860s Gladstone emerged as a politician of clear national standing with a reputation for oratory.’
    • ‘In doing so, it was to take into account the applicant's character, reputation and financial standing.’
    • ‘People of lower social standing were respected as valued members of the community.’
    • ‘Much has been made recently in the Evening Advertiser and elsewhere of the low standing of Swindon's Social Services Department.’
    • ‘Paralysed by questions about the distribution of wealth, Labour stood by while the housing market drove divisions in wealth and social standing.’
    status, rank, ranking, position, social position, station, level, footing, place
    seniority, rank, eminence, prominence, prestige, reputation, good reputation, repute, stature, esteem, illustriousness, importance, account, consequence, influence, weight, sway, distinction, renown, note, notability, noteworthiness
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    1. 1.1standingsThe table of scores indicating the relative positions of competitors in a sports contest.
      ‘she heads the world championship standings’
      • ‘Of course at the time it was Liverpool often coming out on top in the final league standings.’
      • ‘The Honda rider now has deficit of 43 points in the championship standings.’
      • ‘In the star class, Iain Percy and Steve Mitchell came in sixth in the fifth race to move to ninth in the overall standings.’
      • ‘Greece and Italy also shook up the standings on the final day of preliminary round play.’
      • ‘Both drivers retained first and second positions in the overall standings.’
      • ‘Seattle ended up losing in extra innings and dropped another game in the standings.’
      • ‘Lee is the highest player in the standings not to have been named man of the match in the tournament to date.’
      • ‘The pair were lying fifth in the individual standings, one place up from their dressage placing.’
      • ‘Hester's brilliant mark on Escapado puts him in fourth in the individual standings.’
      • ‘He will help the Penguins in the standings and at the gate and possibly get that arena deal done.’
      • ‘The only place this team is picking up speed is in its downhill slide in the points standings.’
      • ‘It was the first draw in Tri-Nations history and means Australia remain on top of the standings.’
      • ‘If only his team could find a way to do the same, and pick a season to be on top of the divisional standings.’
      • ‘They are now in second place in the standings behind pacesetters Malaysia Sports School.’
      • ‘Want to see why your favorite driver is where he or she is in the Winston Cup point standings?’
      • ‘One week later he was on top of the Nextel Cup point standings for the first time in his career.’
      • ‘He needs to crank out an even better season if this young team hopes to climb in the standings.’
      • ‘It is wrong that a team with more losses could end up higher in the standings than a team with fewer.’
      • ‘Lampkin was third in the qualifiers and his result has strengthened his grip on third place in the overall standings.’
      • ‘New Zealand are third in the Test match standings and there is a message there.’
  • 2Used to specify the length of time that something has lasted or that someone has fulfilled a particular role.

    ‘an interdepartmental squabble of long standing’
    • ‘Long-standing heartburn, especially if it isn't properly treated, may lead to complications.’
    • ‘If this bill becomes law, it could end a long-standing dispute between the EC and US over alleged WTO inconsistent tax exemptions that the US grants to certain corporations outside its territory.’
    • ‘‘The pace and content of reform in any particular country or region would be greatly enhanced with the resolution of long-standing conflicts in the region,’ the statement said.’
    duration, existence, continuance, endurance, length of time, life, validity
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/ˈstandiNG/ /ˈstændɪŋ/


  • 1(of a jump or a start in a running race) performed from rest or an upright position, without a run-up or the use of starting blocks.

    ‘I took a standing jump’
    • ‘After millennia of dreaming of flight, the human race went from a standing start at Kitty Hawk to the moon in 66 years.’
    • ‘He has quick heels certainly but most impressive is his speed and direction from a standing start - something that Robinson has yet to master.’
    • ‘The brake is applied automatically once the engine is switched off, and released automatically when the car moves off from a standing start.’
    • ‘I'm getting very good at leaping long distances from a standing start.’
    • ‘From a standing start six months ago, the party has devised and driven a strategy that will see it through the local elections.’
    • ‘Its back legs are made for pouncing: from a standing start, it can rise twelve feet straight up.’
    • ‘He shrugged off the first tackle and from a standing start sped through the Brods' defence to score under the posts.’
    • ‘It would beat most cars away from a standing start, and was only bettered by those with a lot of power at their disposal.’
    • ‘He broke the lap record four times, the first coming in lap one from a standing start, the second in lap two.’
    • ‘How fast can they cover a kilometre on the track from a standing start?’
    • ‘Robinson picked up the ball almost from a standing start and in the blink of an eye, he rounded six players before scoring between the posts without anyone touching him.’
    • ‘Indeed, the brand new Mazda 6 is so fast from a standing start that it could put the Nissan's ranking at risk before the end of the year.’
    • ‘Its top speed is 114 mph and it will get to 60 mph from a standing start in 10.6 seconds.’
    • ‘Bunker qualified ninth and 11th for the two races, but jumped five positions with fast reflexes in the standing start of each race.’
    • ‘Caspian broke, from a standing start, into the fastest sprint of his life.’
    • ‘Norwood frowned momentarily before he spun about again, going from a standing start to full pelt almost straight away.’
    • ‘They take off from a standing start and quickly leg into maximum velocity.’
    • ‘He buck-jumped from a standing start, humping up his back and coming down again on all four feet at once.’
    • ‘The performance of the vehicle was very impressive, showing good turn of foot from a standing start and excellent cruising at high speed.’
    • ‘This lets the vehicle idle and then get going easily from a standing start.’
  • 2Remaining in force or use; permanent.

    ‘he has a standing invitation to visit them’
    • ‘a standing army’
    • ‘The army's standing field forces consist of three mechanized brigade groups.’
    • ‘Indonesia saw the peacekeeping force as a standing army ready to go to any embattled country to help to restore civil order.’
    • ‘The force will not be a standing army but will have a permanent headquarters in Brussels and will be formed at short notice.’
    • ‘Yes, the Continental Army was made up of a standing force, but without citizen soldiers the war would not have been won.’
    • ‘The island currently has no standing army, but a unit of the Police Force is assigned to the Regional Security System Unit.’
    • ‘The monarchy lacked coercive power: there was no standing army or organized police force.’
    • ‘During the Cold War, large standing forces were available to counter the Soviet threat.’
    • ‘Unlike Nato, it never had standing forces that could be committed in the event of conflict.’
    • ‘Mrs Carr had a standing invitation for some time to visit us.’
    • ‘There are still few standing joint forces ready for joint deployment and employment.’
    • ‘And we also, of course, have a standing invitation with the congressman himself.’
    • ‘NATO is a standing army supervised by its 19 member states, but heavily influenced by the US.’
    • ‘An ancient Roman law made it treason for any general to cross the Rubicon and enter Italy proper with a standing army.’
    • ‘So if you're watching, Michael, you have a standing invitation to appear on this program.’
    • ‘To avoid an eventual catastrophic world conflict, the U.N. must be strengthened with a standing army.’
    • ‘As usual, we had cut our military to the bone and had a standing army of less than 200,000.’
    • ‘Except for the legions of Rome, all the early troops in Europe were mercenaries because there were no standing armies.’
    • ‘Sara, if you ever want to guest blog over here, you have a standing invitation to do so.’
    • ‘The problem with the UN is that it does not have a standing army and has to beg for troops every time there is an emergency.’
    • ‘FIFA has a standing invitation to the North to host one or some of the World Cup games.’
    permanent, perpetual, everlasting, continuing, abiding, constant, fixed, indefinite, open-ended
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  • 3(of water) stagnant or still.

    ‘standing water will also freeze in winter’
    • ‘Mold growth should be suspected wherever there are water stains, standing water or moist surfaces.’
    • ‘Police say heavy rain and standing water on the road surface may have been a contributory factor in the collision.’
    • ‘With deep, standing water on many major and minor roads, driving conditions were hazardous and there were disruptions to rail services in many areas.’
    • ‘Lagoons, for instance, and other standing water sites within two kilometres of densely populated areas will be targeted.’
    • ‘At present it is little more than a swampland, with pools of standing water, rubble, mounds of earth and stone and other building waste.’
    • ‘The standing water on Jesus Green has frozen solid.’
    • ‘Back roads around Tollerton were almost impassable because of standing water and the only clear way in and out of the village was on the road to and from the A19.’
    • ‘If the area has drainage problems, like standing water in winter, mulch isn't going to help alleviate them.’
    • ‘Well, there still may be some pockets of standing water in New Orleans.’
    • ‘Many people still have standing water and mold growing on the walls.’
    • ‘North Yorkshire Police reminded motorists to take extra care as persistent and heavy showers across the county left standing water on many roads.’
    • ‘I was just going to say, by the same token, that it's not safe to wash hands, face, body with standing water.’
    • ‘It's been an incredibly foul day, with torrential rain, lots of standing water and slow-moving traffic on the A4.’
    • ‘‘The car aquaplaned on standing water and hit the central reservation,’ she said.’
    • ‘Harrison got tired of waiting for his property south of Chancey Road to drain off more than a foot of standing water.’
    • ‘Black-headed gulls float in standing water in fields along the road, as they have for the past few days.’
    • ‘Heavy overnight rain had threatened the fixture but some of Kendal's players swept off the standing water and made the pitch playable.’
    • ‘Heavy rain left standing water in the baseball infield at Pro Player Stadium.’
    • ‘The game at Pickering's Recreation Ground was stopped by the referee after about half an hour because of standing water on the pitch.’
    • ‘The streets are not paved and the drains don't work, so the standing water attracts dirt, rats, and disease.’
    stagnant, still, motionless, immobile, inert, lifeless, dead, slack, static, stationary
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  • 4Printing
    (of metal type) kept set up after use.

    ‘This homogeneity extended to the variants in the standing type..but not to their pages of reset type.’
    • ‘During almost the entire period, the lack of type continued to be a problem in typesetting, so that working with standing type was almost impossible and every new issue had to be composed anew.’
  • 5(of grain) not yet reaped and so still erect.

    ‘The greatest risk for having a tan spot or Septoria leaf blotch problem is when wheat is drilled into or next to standing wheat stubble.’
    • ‘We are not aware of any data on the quality of high-sugar corn or cattle response to windrowed or standing corn forage.’
    • ‘The pilot considered abandoning the plane but, as the vibration stopped, he decided to make a forced landing, and did so in a field of standing corn.’



/ˈstandiNG/ /ˈstændɪŋ/


    all standing
    • (chiefly with reference to a boat's stopping) without time to lower the sails.

      ‘Passion Flower brought up all standing with a crash’
      • ‘The US nuclear submarine USS San Fransisco en route to Brisbane Australia, for a port visit, came up all standing on Saturday, the 8th. of January 2005, when it ran into an underwater mountain about 350 miles south of Guam.’
    from a standing start
    • 1From rest or a motionless state.

      • ‘the car will take you from a standing start to 60 mph a shade faster than its rival’
    • 2From a totally unprepared state.

      • ‘they built the world's largest advertising agency from a standing start nineteen years ago’
    in good standing
    • In favor or on good terms with someone.

      ‘the companies wanted to stay in good standing with the government’
      • ‘The accused had a promising career as a supervisor at a manufacturing plant, was a member in good standing at his local Evangelical church, and was a part-time student at College of DuPage.’
      • ‘Soho House aspirants must be nominated by two members in good standing before submitting their application to a strict committee, which meets just once every three months.’
      • ‘She did not leave in good standing with the rest of the judges.’
      • ‘I am deeply disappointed that you, as president of a union in which I have been a member in good standing for the last 25 years, would publicly condemn me without ever having spoken to me on any issue.’
      • ‘Specter will become chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee next year as a Republican in good standing who is also a favorite senator in liberal-labor circles.’
      • ‘Even if you're employed, financially solvent, in good standing in your community and materially comfortable, that can change - and quickly.’
      • ‘But they believe the president is in good standing.’
      • ‘He has always been keen to prove himself ‘a member in good standing of the intellectual community’, with an unquenchable appetite for university titles and honours.’
      • ‘The Pennsylvania Department of Education doesn't know whether any schools are in good standing under the state law mandating gender equity in sports.’
      • ‘New Zealand has a reputation as a consistent supporter of multilateralism and free-trade and a member in good standing of the international community.’
    leave someone or something standing
    • Be much better or make much faster progress than someone or something else.

      ‘in the personal fitness stakes he left her standing’
      • ‘With little time left, Jones passed to Haines who delivered a powerful shot that left the keeper standing.’
      • ‘Actually, in the froideur league, MacBain was left standing by Cate Blanchett, who turned up for about five minutes to open the Australian pavilion.’
      • ‘In the world championship final in Paris she was left standing by a 67-second lap.’
      • ‘Racing from trap five in heat four Top Boe 1/2 left his rivals standing having just shaded Diet 7/1 around the opening turn.’
      • ‘He left his rivals standing early on and whizzed around the circuit to win snugly by a length and a half from Tony Martins Hectors Honcho 3/1 in 29.24.’
      • ‘Racing from trap four he left his rivals standing at the start.’
      • ‘It has established itself as China's top mineral water brand thanks to a marketing campaign that has left multinationals standing in their tracks.’
      • ‘His turn of speed left Worcester standing and he confidently netted the ball to put Hertford through to the final: Hertford 1, Worcester.’
      • ‘As the game swung towards them, Tyrone made the best of it and left Dublin standing.’
      • ‘The 32-year-old South Korean computer programmer invented a software platform for mobile phones so advanced that on at least one occasion it has, quite literally, left the competition standing.’