standing room


  1. space in which to stand, as in a theater, stadium, or the like.
  2. accommodation for standing.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of standing room1

First recorded in 1595–1605

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Example Sentences

The order followed weeks of ever-changing regulations, requiring limits to total capacity, an end to bar seating, and a halt to standing room at drinking-only spots.

The crowd -- already standing room only -- rose to applaud her bedtime tale.

The standing-room-only audience swayed and clapped and danced.

It was standing room only inside the ballroom, with people lining up out in the hall to enter as others drifted out.

In the early 1900s, her tent revivals often had standing-room-only crowds of thirty thousand.

All the witnesses were allowed to watch the closing arguments, and it was standing room only in the courthouse.

The "standing room" problem is still removed from us by such uncounted generations that we need give no thought to it.

Many were unable to obtain even standing room, and left the house.

After the open launch came the small yacht, having a small cabin enclosed mostly by glass with a standing room aft.

Getting out the Standing Room Only sign is always an asset for future entertainments.

We pushed on to find a place in which to camp, as there was scarcely safe standing-room for a primus stove.


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