Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

stand up (for/against)

stand up forstand up against
Meaning(s)
1) represent or defend, fight for/against
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    • you should stand up for yourself/what you believe in
  • Analysis
    To 'stand up' for something means to speak or behave in a way that supports something. If you 'stand up for' something or somebody you defend or support a particular idea or person particularly if they are being criticised by others. "I am protesting in order to stand up for the homeless people in our city."If you 'stand up against' something you publicly oppose or defy something or somebody. "I will always stand up against homophobic behaviour in my community."
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. You shouldn't let people bully you in work. Stand up for yourself!
    2. It's important to stand up for what you believe in. Otherwise, you'll never change things.
    3. The people are protesting in the streets. They're standing up against the government.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Our customers are in danger of boycotting the company if we don't stand up for the rights of minorities in the community.
    2. We encourage others to stand up against sexism in the workplace in keeping with our equality policy.
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