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.
(of a person) characterized by an erect or bold stance.
Baseball. (of a double or triple) pertaining to a hit that allows the hitter to reach the base safely without having to slide.
relating to or noting a performance by a comedian delivering a monologue while alone on the stage: stand-up comedy;the best stand-up comics.
Slang. loyal and dependable: He seems to be a real stand-up guy.
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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How to use stand-up in a sentence
To be a liberal, you have to stand up for liberal principles.Bill Maher: Hundreds of Millions of Muslims Support Attack on ‘Charlie Hebdo’ | Lloyd Grove | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Spencer, 27, is variously described as a writer and a stand-up comic.Meet Stephen Fry’s Future Husband (Who Is Less Than Half His Age) | Tom Sykes | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Is there any chance the potential 2016 hopeful will stand up to the right and embrace paid sick leave?
He might even stand up for these rookies he was now calling children of God.
Kanye West wants people to stand up and dance at his concerts.Butts, Brawls, and Bill Cosby: The Biggest Celebrity Scandals of 2014 | Kevin Fallon | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then, as Squinty remembered how he had been taught to stand up on his hind legs, he thought he would do that trick now.Squinty the Comical Pig | Richard Barnum
Have plenty of chairs ready in the drawing-room, as an invitation to dinner by no means argues a "stand up" party.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
The red comb on the top of his head has teeth like a carpenter's saw, and is so large it will not stand up straight.Seven O'Clock Stories | Robert Gordon Anderson
He was thought brave, for no man in the Ozarks dared to stand up against him in a fight, but at heart he was a coward.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
From that day my affairs have gone from bad to worse, and I have naught in the wide world but the clothes I stand up in.The Merrie Tales Of Jacques Tournebroche | Anatole France
British Dictionary definitions for stand up
(intr) to rise to the feet
(intr) to resist or withstand wear, criticism, etc
(tr) informal to fail to keep an appointment with, esp intentionally
stand up for
to support, side with, or defend
US to serve as best man for (the groom) at a wedding
stand up to
to confront or resist courageously
to withstand or endure (wear, criticism, etc)
having or being in an erect position: a stand-up collar
done, performed, taken, etc, while standing: a stand-up meal
(of comedy or a comedian) performed or performing solo
informal (of a boxer) having an aggressive style without much leg movement: a stand-up fighter
a stand-up comedian
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
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]
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