There are 2 main definitions of stand up in English:

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stand up 1

(Of an argument, claim, evidence, etc.) remain valid after close scrutiny or analysis: but will your story stand up in court?
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  • Whether the allegations against her will stand up in court remains to be seen.
  • He claimed they were for me, but I know for a fact that this wouldn't stand up in a court of law.
  • It was examined to see if the idea stood up and had integrity and financial credibility.
remain/be valid, be sound, be plausible, hold water, hold up, stand questioning, survive investigation, bear examination, be verifiable
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There are 2 main definitions of stand up in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstand ˌəp/
(also standup /ˈstandˌəp/)


1Involving, done by, or engaged in by people standing up: a stand-up party
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  • Game retailers encourage potential customers to preview soon-to-be domestic games, encased within stand-up arcade consoles.
  • Along with a game of stand-up bingo, and a turn by David Beesley as ‘Luciano Pavasnotty’, the audience was kept entertained all night.
  • There is a carpeted bathroom on the return: this is fitted with a corner stand-up shower unit, handbasin and separate toilet.
1.1Such that people have to stand rather than sit: a stand-up bar
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  • Now it has two meanings: either something relatively light served before a meal, usually with vodka, or by extension a snack, often eaten in a zakusochnaya - a stand-up bar.
  • The New York Times recently reported that Kerry and his aides travel in a luxury 757 jet, which is stocked with the finest food and has sleeping quarters and a stand-up bar.
  • Virgin says it plans to build gyms, shops and stand-up bars inside the double-decker aircraft, which has been billed as a flying hotel.
1.2(Of a comedian) performing by standing in front of an audience and telling jokes.
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  • Absa produced a lavish, highly entertaining opening ceremony with stand-up comedian Solly Philander as the gorgeous and charming MC.
  • In 1986 Jarmusch made the first short in the series as a commission for Saturday Night Live, and it opens the movie, featuring stand-up comedian Steven Wright and Italian comic actor Roberto Benigni meeting in some wayward café.
1.3(Of comedy) performed standing in front of an audience: his stand-up routine depends on improvised observations
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  • Despite the discouraging situation, he was fuelled with material for his stand-up comedy routine.
  • The first independent entrant, LCDR Simon Rooke, worked the crowd with his stand-up comedy routine, which proved very popular.
  • A guy comes out and does a stand-up comedy routine at the start of the show about economics.
2US informal Courageous and loyal in a combative way: he was a stand-up kind of guy
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  • Tom Ridge must be a stand-up guy and an all-around great American.
  • And we'll also hear from Robert Klein, a stand-up guy who's also saved lives.
  • I also think it's appalling that Mark Felt, who is a stand-up guy, only gets twice as much as a woman who runs away from her own wedding.
3Designed to stay upright or erect.
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  • The jacket features a stand-up collar with tri-color design, an open bottom hem with Shockcord drawstring closure and cord lock holder.
  • The stand-up collar was similar to the Western-style, and the three hidden pockets of Western suits were changed into four outside pockets with flaps.
  • The most formal choice and the style most often worn with tuxedo jackets, this stand-up collar has downward points.


1A comedian who performs by standing in front of an audience and telling jokes.
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  • In the summer a BBC executive suggested Cannon & Ball take to the Edinburgh Festival fringe, the annual bearpit where scores of stand-ups compete for audiences and reviews.
  • Sadowitz has always been one of my favourite stand-ups comedians ever since that night.
  • The reason we're here is that Scarborough-based firm Vocational Services UK is setting up a course for wannabe stand-ups on how to be a comedian.
1.1Comedy performed by standing in front of an audience: he began doing stand-up when he was fifteen
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  • His brilliant and potent comedy, song and stand-up have established him as one of Ireland's leading performers.
  • It was in high school that Foley discovered his interest in comedy when he began writing stand-up for a school project.
  • He began performing stand-up at open mics around New York City at the age of 15, and thanks to his ear for imitations, he quickly became a club favorite.
1.2A brief monologue by a television news reporter.
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  • Reporters and camera crews from around the world doing their stand-ups, their updates, their breaking news reports on a story on which there has been little breaking news, at least since the 11th shooting on Monday.
  • These days, off-air producers keep an eye on the Court for those two networks; legal affairs correspondents step in to do stand-ups on significant proceedings.
  • So it will be interesting to see if Oliver Stone dramatizes this event and has the reporter doing that mock stand-up so close, because we were not close.

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