The following article fron CNBC states:

Trump says US stands with Saudi Arabia despite journalist Khashoggi's killing.

McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs defines the phrasal verb stand with someone as:

to unite with someone, as in defense.

  • Don't worry. I'll stand with you to the end. He stood with her and they faced the threat together.

I could not find the definition of stand with on other online dictionaries, but the usage made by the CNBC appear to convey a different meaning from the one in the dictionary.

Are there other definitions and usages of “stand with?”

Is the expression used also in BrE?

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    Why do you think it means anything different than what you've already provided? Commented Nov 20, 2018 at 18:53

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It means to remain a loyal ally. To stand (figuratively) shoulder to shoulder, confronting some form of opposition.


I can think of two meanings of "stand with".

  1. To be/remain loyal to someone (Which is your case)

  2. To physically remain with someone


She stood with me around the campfire.

Source: https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/stand+with

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