Thank you both.
Martin Luther King was a man who always opposed racism. To me it illustrates well the "public" nuance. Yes, he stood up [ ] and made himself heard. I would never say "stood out against;" to me, it's mixing "stood out" was obvious and "stood against" took a stand against.
I wonder if that's just me, or if other US English speakers would agree. Well, I've been doing exercises from this book for some time; I'm not sure what to make of it now. Just to make sure: do you consider the use of "stand out against" in the sentence about M. King also unidiomatic? Brave individuals and small organizations stood out against the prevailing developmental ethos. Bradford has a proud record of multi-cultural education and has stood out against higher fees for overseas students for a long time.
I have stood out against the purchase of Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto in all their incarnations. It's good to be a Canute when it comes to film and video games "He has stood up when this has been unfashionable, unpopular, when he has stood out against the collective wisdom. Post 1 mentions a book about phrasal verbs written in English by a certain Eduardo Rosset.
A person of that name has also written about Spanish verbs, in Spanish; I believe it is the same person. It sounds odd to me. She stood up against public opinion. Being tolerant, not answering a quiz by a government official, is the real test of Canadian values.
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