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stand-up

or stand·up

[stand-uhp]
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adjective
  1. standing erect or upright, as a collar.
  2. performed, taken, etc., while one stands: a stand-up meal.
  3. designed for or requiring a standing position: a stand-up lunch counter.
  4. (of a fight) characterized by the rapid exchange of many blows with little attention given to defensive maneuvering.
  5. characterized by an erect or bold stance: a stand-up batter who hits many doubles.
  6. Baseball. (of a double or triple) pertaining to a hit that allows the hitter to reach the base safely without having to slide.
  7. (of a comedian) delivering a comic monologue while alone on the stage.
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Origin of stand-up

First recorded in 1580–90; adj. use of verb phrase stand up
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Examples from the Web for stand-up

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  • The edge of a stand-up collar, stiff with gold embroidery, rubbed her cheek.

    The Rescue

    Joseph Conrad

  • He lighted one, and stuck it on the ledge of the stand-up desk.

    Victory

    Joseph Conrad

  • There is no harm in a stand-up fight with the weapons of nature.

    The Making Of A Novelist

    David Christie Murray

  • There were ladies in coats and stand-up collars, and gentlemen with ringlets.

  • This will do away with the stand-up look that sleeves sometimes have.

    Textiles and Clothing

    Kate Heintz Watson


Word Origin and History for stand-up

adj.

"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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper