stand up for…
‘To stand up for someone’ means ‘to defend someone (usually someone who is being attacked with words)’. You can stand up for another person or for yourself. For example, imagine a bully said ‘You’re stupid’ to your friend and you replied, ‘Don’t talk to my friend like that!’ You stood up for your friend. Now imagine the bully said, ‘You’re stupid!’ to *you* and you replied, ‘Don’t talk to me like that!’. You stood up for yourself. We also use ‘stand up for’ to defend ideas. For example, ‘We have to stand up for the truth!’
A: Did you see Melania Trump’s speech? She really stood up for her husband.
B: Ugh. We don’t need people to stand up for him! We need people to stand up for truth, and science. We need people to stand up for goodness!
A: Ok, ok. I don’t want to argue about politics. I just want to say that giving a 20-minute speech in a second language is brave. Giving a 20 minute speech standing up for the most-hated man in the world in a second language is really brave.
Have you stood up for anyone or anything recently?
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