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stand-up

or stand·up

[ stand-uhp ]
/ ˈstændˌʌp /
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adjective
noun
comedy in which a comedian delivers a monologue while alone on the stage: We bought tickets to see some stand-up at a club downtown.
a comedian who delivers such monologues: I've been a stand-up for about five years.
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Origin of stand-up

First recorded in 1580–90; adjective and noun use of verb phrase stand up
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British Dictionary definitions for stand-up

stand up

verb (adverb)
adjective stand-up (prenominal)
noun stand-up
a stand-up comedian
stand-up comedy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with stand-up

stand up

1

Remain valid, sound, or durable, as in His claim will not stand up in court, or Our old car stood up well over time. [Mid-1900s]

2

Fail to keep a date or appointment with, as in Al stood her up twice in the past week, and that will be the end of their relationship. [Colloquial; c. 1900] Also see stand up for; stand up to; stand up with.

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