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[stand-in] /ˈstændˌɪn/
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Say, young fella, have you got any stand-in with your noble red brothers?

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • I had the stand-in summon her on the office telephone, then I withdrew all vitality from it.

    The Calm Man Frank Belknap Long
  • He had been a trusty drill-master and, it was reported, had a 'stand-in' with the Meter.

    Atlantic Narratives Mary Antin
  • “Clarice certainly has some stand-in with Dolly,” observed Anne.

    The Mystery of Arnold Hall Helen M. Persons
  • Miles may not have a stand-in, but he's solid with the ranks!

    Frontier Ballads Joseph Mills Hanson
Slang definitions & phrases for stand-in



  1. A performer who takes the place of another (1938+)
  2. A substitute or proxy; a deputy: Naive Stingo, as stand-in for us (1937+)

[perhaps fr the use of a substitute to replace a performer during such tedious procedures as adjusting lights, arranging the stage or set, etc; perhaps also fr the earlier notion of a deputy or place-holder, literally a lieutenant, in French, ''a place-holder'']

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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