- a substitute for a motion-picture star during the preparation of lighting, cameras, etc., or in dangerous scenes.
- any substitute.
Origin of stand-in
First recorded in 1930–35; noun use of verb phrase stand in
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- (intr, adverb usually foll by for) to act as a substitute
- stand someone in good stead to be of benefit or advantage to someone
- a person or thing that serves as a substitute
- (as modifier)a stand-in teacher
- a person who substitutes for an actor during intervals of waiting or in dangerous stunts
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Word Origin and History for stand in
"substitute," 1904, show-biz slang, from stand (v.). As a noun, it is attested from 1928.
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