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one-night stand

Syllabification: one-night stand

Definition of one-night stand in English:

noun

1 informal (also one-nighter) A sexual relationship lasting only one night.
Example sentences
  • She refused to marry him, and according to one friend, ‘he had casual relationships, heavy relationships, one-night stands, one-week stands’.
  • He's the type for one-night stands, not relationships.
  • A hundred one-night stands cannot stand up to one night with Andrew.
1.1A person with whom one has a sexual relationship lasting one night.
Example sentences
  • Right now, because of my age, it's hard to find a lover or even a one-night stand.
  • Adults were here to find a lifetime lover or a one-night stand.
  • Perry brought home a variety of one-night stands, and Marin had had the unfortunate experience of running into them quite often sneaking out in the mornings.
2A single performance of a play or show in a particular place.
Example sentences
  • It is on this day in their sprawling New London summer cottage that father James bemoans the poverty that made him a miser and had him abandon a career as a Shakespearean actor for more lucrative one-night stands in The Count of Monte Cristo.
  • The first and last belong to Frank Hardy, a travelling healer who, after slogging through one-night stands in Wales and Scotland, returns to his native Ireland in the hope of restoring his ailing powers.
  • After about 1906, the touring companies with their one-night stands declined precipitously.

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