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Meaning of standoff

stand•off

Pronunciation: (stand'ôf", -of"), [key]
— n.
  1. a standing off or apart; aloofness.
  2. a tie or draw, as in a game.
  3. something that counterbalances.
  4. a prop for holding the top of a ladder away from the vertical surface against which it is leaning.
  5. an insulator that supports a conductor above a surface.
—adj.
  1. standing off or apart; aloof; reserved: an uncordial and standoff manner.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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