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[stand-uhp] /ˈstændˌʌp/
standing erect or upright, as a collar.
performed, taken, etc., while one stands:
a stand-up meal.
designed for or requiring a standing position:
a stand-up lunch counter.
(of a fight) characterized by the rapid exchange of many blows with little attention given to defensive maneuvering.
characterized by an erect or bold stance:
a stand-up batter who hits many doubles.
Baseball. (of a double or triple) pertaining to a hit that allows the hitter to reach the base safely without having to slide.
(of a comedian) delivering a comic monologue while alone on the stage.
Also, standup.
Origin of stand-up
1580-90; adj. use of verb phrase stand up Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for stand-up
  • Every stand-up comedian develops a unique method for honing jokes.
  • At any given moment, it's safe to say that somewhere in the world a stand-up comedian is doing an impression of him.
  • As publishing struggles, the memoirs of stand-up comedians are flying off the shelves.
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  • If you have a lot of ground to cover and don't have time for a sit-down lunch, try some of the best stand-up pizza of your life.
  • stand-up comics are usually kind of morose and dark people.
British Dictionary definitions for stand-up

stand up

verb (adverb)
(intransitive) to rise to the feet
(intransitive) to resist or withstand wear, criticism, etc
(transitive) (informal) to fail to keep an appointment with, esp intentionally
stand up for
  1. to support, side with, or defend
  2. (US) to serve as best man for (the groom) at a wedding
stand up to
  1. to confront or resist courageously
  2. to withstand or endure (wear, criticism, etc)
adjective (prenominal)
having or being in an erect position: a stand-up collar
done, performed, taken, etc, while standing: a stand-up meal
(of comedy or a comedian) performed or performing solo
(informal) (of a boxer) having an aggressive style without much leg movement: a stand-up fighter
a stand-up comedian
stand-up comedy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Contemporary definitions for stand-up
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Word Origin and History for stand-up

"courageous," 1811, originally of fist fights. To stand (someone) up "fail to keep an appointment" is attested from 1902. Stand-up comic first attested 1966.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for stand-up

stand the gaff

verb phrase

To persist and endure against rigors; take it: I've had at least seven lifetimes on Seventh Avenue, mainly because I've learned to stand the gaff

[1896+; fr gaff, the steel spur attached to the leg of a fighting cock]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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