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  • n  something that can be relied on when needed
  • n  an actor able to replace a regular performer when required
  • s  ready for emergency use
    a standby generator
    a standby crew
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  • Jean-Claude Trichet in AFP
    I do not trust that it would be appropriate to have the introduction of the IMF as a supplier of help through standby or through any kind of such help,Trichet told reporters in Frankfurt following a meeting of ECB policymakers.
  • David Graveney in Yahoo! Eurosport
    With the growing threat of violence in Mexico spilling over the border, we have taken important measures to increase the law enforcement presence along the Texas border and have placed additional resources on standby to combat any potential... Rick Perry AFP Mar 16, 2010 94104 125074 standby I've suggested to him that we wait a couple of days then sit down and work out the best plan for him in terms of being on standby for Sri Lanka and also to get in the right situation to be considered for New Zealand," Graveney said.

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