stand-in

[ stand-in ]
/ ˈstændˌɪn /

noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for stand in

stand in


verb

(intr, adverb usually foll by for) to act as a substitute
stand someone in good stead to be of benefit or advantage to someone

noun stand-in

  1. a person or thing that serves as a substitute
  2. (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

stand in


v.

"substitute," 1904, show-biz slang, from stand (v.). As a noun, it is attested from 1928.

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