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Difference between Be a standoff and Be standoffish

be a standoffsaid of a situation in which the two sides in a conflict, etc. are equally matched or equally unyielding:

  • There was a standoff for a few hours, while police spoke to the man urging him to give himself up.

be standoffishsaid of a person who is reluctant to show friendship or enter into conversation:

  • They got on well for a few months, but now they hardly talk to each other, because Lily is so standoffish.