stand-in

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noun

1
: someone employed to occupy an actor's place while lights and camera are readied
2

stand in

2 of 2

verb

stood in; standing in; stands in

intransitive verb

: to act as a stand-in
Phrases
stand in with
: to be in a specially favored position with

Examples of stand-in in a Sentence

Verb she will be standing in for the regular teacher for a week
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
This zero-proof is a great stand-in for a classic bubbly, lively with passionfruit and very dry. Jeanne O'Brien Coffey, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 On nearly every question, there was little gap between Latinos who are English-dominant and Latinos who prefer Spanish — a stand-in of sorts for the native-born and immigrants. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 And in film and TV circles, Toronto has long been known as good, lower-cost stand-in for New York City. Todd Longwell, Variety, 8 Feb. 2024 Dill and Mint Yogurt Dip Cool things down with this favorite of mine that would be a nice stand-in alongside wings, too. Matt Brooks, Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2024 At one of her author speaking engagements in the final moments of the movie, Cavill pops up in the crowd, no longer just the fantasy spy stand-in imagined by Elly — setting up more questions for a sequel. Benjamin Vanhoose, Peoplemag, 4 Feb. 2024 Tranquill, who delivered a strong game as Willie Gay’s stand-in, has provided the Chiefs good value on a one-year, $3-million contract. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Jan. 2024 August My Heaven centers on Joe, a professional stand-in actor who is hired by clients to play their friend, relative or lover at formal occasions. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Jan. 2024 The dark version is creamy and delicious, with undertones of coffee, caramel and chocolate, and the IPA is a fresh, crisp, fruity beer that is a pretty good stand-in for the real thing. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, 24 Jan. 2024
Verb
Let meringues stand in closed oven with light on for 8 hours. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 7 Feb. 2024 When one of the most stinging defeats of his short tenure arrived on Tuesday, Speaker Mike Johnson had put himself front and center in the House chamber, standing in front of the speaker’s ceremonial chair on the upper tier of the rostrum to gavel it down. Catie Edmondson, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2024 In a snapshot shared via Blanco's Instagram Stories, the music producer can be seen holding a signed headshot of a young Gomez in character as Alex Russo while present-tense Gomez stands in the background, looking embarrassed. Hanna Lustig, Glamour, 7 Feb. 2024 The photo — which shows the 75-year-old British monarch standing in a doorway dressed in a navy blue pinstripe suit — was taken by photographer Samir Hussein at the British Ambassador's residence during a September 2023 state visit to France. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2024 The bit continues on throughout the mock behind-the-scenes featurette, with Park standing in for Krasinski. Tatiana Tenreyro, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Feb. 2024 The King’s royal engagements have been postponed, with other senior members of the family expected to stand in on his behalf. TIME, 5 Feb. 2024 But standing in the way of the deal, especially in the House, is Republican opposition, which threatened to derail the effort this week amid pushback from former President Donald Trump. Kaia Hubbard, CBS News, 4 Feb. 2024 The industry’s reflexive defensiveness is a product of years of conflict with animal rights activists and a bitter us-vs-them dynamic that often stands in the way of honest and productive discussion about the field and its problems. Erika Fry, Fortune, 27 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stand-in was in 1904

Dictionary Entries Near stand-in

Cite this Entry

“Stand-in.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stand-in. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

stand-in

1 of 2 noun
ˈstan-ˌdin
1
: someone employed to occupy an actor's place while lights and camera are readied
2

stand in

2 of 2 verb
(ˈ)stan-ˈdin
: to act as a stand-in
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