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  1. a substitute for a motion-picture star during the preparation of lighting, cameras, etc., or in dangerous scenes.
  2. any substitute.
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Origin of stand-in

First recorded in 1930–35; noun use of verb phrase stand in
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Related Words for stand in

impersonator, star, actor, performer, intermediary, surrogate, stand-in, backup, replacement, proxy, alternate, restoration, reinstatement, artist, character, clown, player, villain, comedian, entertainer

British Dictionary definitions for stand in

stand in

  1. (intr, adverb usually foll by for) to act as a substitute
  2. stand someone in good stead to be of benefit or advantage to someone
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noun stand-in
    1. a person or thing that serves as a substitute
    2. (as modifier)a stand-in teacher
  1. 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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