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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.
Origin of stand-up
First recorded in 1580-90; adj. use of verb phrase stand up Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • “I thought you said they had a stand-up dinner at the table,” said Philo Gubb.

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

    All Roads Lead to Calvary Jerome K. Jerome
  • In more than one stand-up fight he had demonstrated his right to the title of champion of the county.

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

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • He had a stand-up collar and a cut-away coat with gilt buttons and a Scotch cap.

    Animal Ghosts Elliott O'Donnell
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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



Courageous and personally accountable; bold; gutsy • Most often in the expression stand-up guy: He handled the humiliating defeat like a stand-up guy/ And he's very, very stand-up (1841+)


A live interview at the scene of a news event: I hang a left past the faded Rose law firm and the networks doing evening stand-ups at the entrance (1990s+ Televison)

[adjective sense perhaps fr stand up and be counted]

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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