stand in


a substitute for a motion-picture star during the preparation of lighting, cameras, etc., or in dangerous scenes.
any substitute.

1930–35; noun use of verb phrase stand in Unabridged
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stand in
vb (usually foll by for)
1.  to act as a substitute
2.  stand someone in good stead to be of benefit or advantage to someone
3.  a.  a person or thing that serves as a substitute
 b.  (as modifier): a stand-in teacher
4.  a person who substitutes for an actor during intervals of waiting or in dangerous stunts

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Word Origin & History

stand in
"substitute," 1904, show-biz slang, from stand (v.). As a noun, it is attested from 1928.
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