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    Question stand up in =?

    He had big problems with drink and drugs. I stopped loving him and he knew it and turned on me, mistreating me mainly by being drunk and abusive.

    He threatened, but never hit me — he just pretended he would. I was frightened and left him after picking up our two-year-old son from nursery. I then called my mum and told her everything.

    My son and I had only what we stood up in, but I was so much happier.

    Hi!

    stand up in = ?

    I got the definition of stand up but not "stand up in" from a dictionary.

    Thanks!


    stand up
    1. To remain valid, sound, or durable: His claim will not stand up in court. Our old car has stood up well over time.
    2. Informal To fail to keep a date with.
    stand up - definition of stand up by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    Re: stand up in =?

    Where did you find this writing?

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    Re: stand up in =?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    Where did you find this writing?
    In the published letter written by a reader to an agony aunt in the Daily Mail (UK)

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    Re: stand up in =?

    I see. I am not familiar with that use of "stood up in", but I will make a guess from the context.
    My guess is that "what we stood up in" means 'the clothes we were wearing'.
    In North America the term we use to express what we are wearing is 'the clothes on our backs'.
    My son and I had only the clothes on our backs, but I was so much happier.

    Of course I'll have to leave it to someone in the UK or elsewhere to comment on my guess.

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    Hi 2006,

    Thank you for your answer.


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    2006 is correct - it means what we were wearing is all we have.

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    Re: stand up in =?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    2006 is correct - it means what we were wearing is all we have.
    Anglika, thank you!

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