They tend to stand back and access a situation before they dive in.
First stand back and take a good hard look at your dog or puppy.
Don't forget to stand back and admire your work!
Carmen, I want to marry you in the worst way, but if you think I'm going to be the kind of man to stand back while my woman flirts with another man, you're sadly mistaken.
In this case the mouths of the underground main pipe-drains are stopped up, and the water in them and the secondary drains thus caused to stand back until it has risen sufficiently near the surface.