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: you need to have hard evidence that will stand up in court the argument does not stand up to analysis
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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, be provable, ring true, be convincing
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There are 2 main definitions of stand up in English:

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stand-up 2

Pronunciation: /ˈstandʌp/


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.
1.1(Of comedy or a comedian) performed or performing by standing in front of an audience and telling jokes: a stand-up comic 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.
2(Of a fight or argument) involving direct confrontation: she had a stand-up row with her husband
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  • ‘Louise and I used to have stand-up fights about who was going to be Vanessa,’ laughs Maureen.
  • I can hardly think of an occasion when I've got into a stand-up fight with any political opponent.
  • Some anglers also use a harness, but this is rarely necessary for average fit anglers and a stand-up fight is typical and most rewarding.
2.1US informal Courageous and loyal in a combative way: a first-class, stand-up kind of guy [predicative]: I was strong, I was stand-up, I could take anything
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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: indigo blue shirts with stand-up collars
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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.
1.1 [mass noun] Stand-up comedy: 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: Coleman left the media pack doing stand-ups on the roof
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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.
2A fight or argument involving direct confrontation: we have had stand-ups, pitch invasions, and red cards
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  • A million fights, arguments, tears, hang ups, stand ups, let downs, "get over it"s, and "i don't like you"s could make me hate you.
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