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    "be stood up", how can I say "I don't want to .. you stood up"?

    There is the expression "to be stood up" which means someone first gets promised something and makes his plans accordingly, then the promise doesn't materialise and he/she's left, well, stood up!;)

    Can I say "I'd rather stay at home but I don't want you being stood up and I'll probably come anyway"? Or maybe "I don't want to leave you stood up"? Or simply "I don't want to stand you up" (??) Or is there any other expression that you think sounds better here?

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    Re: "be stood up", how can I say "I don't want to .. you stood up"?

    Quote Originally Posted by euromike View Post
    There is the expression "to be stood up" which means someone first gets promised something and makes his plans accordingly, then the promise doesn't materialise and he/she's left, well, stood up!;)

    Can I say "I'd rather stay at home but I don't want you being stood up and I'll probably come anyway"? Or maybe "I don't want to leave you stood up"? Or simply "I don't want to stand you up" (??) Or is there any other expression that you think sounds better here?

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    In that case I would use "I don't want to let you down".
    Last edited by 5jj; 13-Feb-2014 at 11:54. Reason: fotmat

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    Re: "be stood up", how can I say "I don't want to .. you stood up"?

    Quote Originally Posted by euromike View Post
    There is the expression "to be stood up" which means someone first gets promised something and makes his plans accordingly, then the promise doesn't materialise and he/she's left, well, stood up!;)

    Can I say "I'd rather stay at home but I don't want you being stood up and I'll probably come anyway"? Or maybe "I don't want to leave you stood up"? Or simply "I don't want to stand you up" (??) Or is there any other expression that you think sounds better here?

    thanks
    "I don't want to stand you up" will work.

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    Re: "be stood up", how can I say "I don't want to .. you stood up"?

    In my experience, 'to stand someone up' or 'be stood up' (in this meaning of the idiom) means to fail to keep an appointment or to wait in vain for somebody who fails to turn up for a rendezvous.

    I agree with bhai about 'let somebody down' regarding other broken promises.

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    Re: "be stood up", how can I say "I don't want to .. you stood up"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    In my experience, 'to stand someone up' or 'be stood up' (in this meaning of the idiom) means to fail to keep an appointment or to wait in vain for somebody who fails to turn up for a rendezvous.

    I agree with bhai about 'let somebody down' regarding other broken promises.
    That will work, but if the promise was to show up somewhere, this is exactly what "stand you up" means. They had an appointment and if he fails to show up he will stand the person up. The context suggests that is the case.

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    Re: "be stood up", how can I say "I don't want to .. you stood up"?

    thanks to everyone for replies. And yes, the context was failing to show up to a previously made appointment.

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