I have to know what "all stand" means for a final test tomorrow. I've looked all over Google, with not a trace of what it may mean. It's a term used by sailors, that's the extent of my knowledge.

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    Context, please? Because I can construct all sorts of sentences where the words "all" and "stand" happen to end up next to each other. And there's also "All stand for the national anthem."
    – Marthaª
    Commented May 1, 2015 at 1:32

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From The Glossary of Nautical Terms:

All standing

Bringing a person or thing up short, that is an unforeseen and sudden stop.


  • Haha, I posted the same thing at the same time as you. I'll take mine down.
    – Jared
    Commented May 1, 2015 at 1:42
  • No harm, no foul, @JaredKauffman.
    – ScotM
    Commented May 1, 2015 at 1:42

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