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    gxiang is offline Junior Member
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    Wink is it embarrassing to be "on standby"?

    "passengers were obliged to go on standby. " what's the meaning of "on standby" in this sentence. Thank u in advance.:)

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    Default Re: is it embarrassing to be "on standby"?

    Quote Originally Posted by gxiang
    "passengers were obliged to go on standby. " what's the meaning of "on standby" in this sentence. Thank u in advance.:)
    1st guess: they were forced to take unreserved seats (if available). they had no prior reservation and had to count on probable vacant lots.

    2nd guess: they had to be ready to help immediately if they were needed.

    You should use the context. Both interpretations are probable.

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