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What's the meaning of those two words in these contexts:

Defense Department officials have been at odds over whether details of some interrogation procedures should remain secret and published in a classified section.

But last month, several members of Congress privately cautioned the Pentagon against doing that. The standoff has contributed to the long delay in releasing the manual, which has been in the works for more than a year.

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Massimino, of Human Rights First, said that the new law, pressed by Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record), R-Ariz., would ensure that any interrogation technique not included in the manual would be considered illegal. She said it also would help clear up any confusion troops may have had over what tactics are allowed.

Does 'press a law' have the same meaning as 'pass a law'? Thanks.
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The cobuild dictionary explains the meaning of "standoff" better than me:

A stand-off is a situation in which neither of two opposing groups or forces will make a move until the other one does something, so nothing can happen until one of them gives way.

The State Department was warning that this could lead to another diplomatic stand-off.

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I think "press a law" means to push it forward being approved.
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Hi,

pressed by Sen. John McCain This means he urged, pushed, insisted on the new law.

Best wishes, Clive
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The cobuild dictionary explains the meaning of "standoff" better than me:

A stand-off is a situation in which neither of two opposing groups or forces will make a move until the other one does something, so nothing can happen until one of them gives way.

The State Department was warning that this could lead to another diplomatic stand-off.

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I think "press a law" means to push it forward being approved.

Could standstill be a synonym of standoff ?

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Hi,

Could standstill be a synonym of standoff ? No. A 'standstill' just means something is not moving. My car is at a standstill because the traffic light is red.

Best wishes, Clive