One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1informal A sexual relationship lasting only one night.
- ‘There are a number of health and physical risks involved when one engages in one-night stands, affairs, or simply a sequence of dating relationships in search of Mr. or Mrs. Right.’
- ‘She added that she came to realize that a relationship should be based on more than just a drunken one-night stand.’
- ‘She wouldn't go for a boy randomly and with her it won't just be a one-night stand - it'll turn into a relationship.’
- ‘She refused to marry him, and according to one friend, ‘he had casual relationships, heavy relationships, one-night stands, one-week stands’.’
- ‘I've had one-night stands that were great for the sexual release.’
- ‘Don Giovanni has serial one-night stands with women, but his only close relationship is with his serving man Leporello.’
- ‘I remember two one-night stands while I was in the middle of my first divorce.’
- ‘At night, he went to preppy bars and had one-night stands with what he calls ‘abrasive, hard-drinking party girls.’’
- ‘A hundred one-night stands cannot stand up to one night with Andrew.’
- ‘I am not talking about one-night stands or taking advantage of anyone, just good old dating.’
- ‘You're obviously not the type of woman to go out and have one-night stands.’
- ‘He's the type for one-night stands, not relationships.’
- ‘If your goal is really a series of one-night stands (which are hugely overrated) then you've just got to be more honest.’
- ‘Similar blocks have been placed on book publications, including anything to do with one-night stands and extra-marital affairs.’
- ‘It was the first time I was getting this serious in a relationship, you know my life was full of one-night stands.’
- ‘It is obvious, I think, that I am looking for a life partner, not just a good time. It's amazing to me how many women turn out to be more frightened of a guy like me than with a one-night stand type, but I see it all the time.’
- ‘Now, I know in this blog I have talked about how much I would like a relationship, as opposed to a meaningless one-night stand.’
- ‘It is, the author contends, not meant to help you realize a one-night stand but instead to develop a more meaningful and intimate relationship with your chosen partner.’
- ‘Frankly, one-night stands make me feel like totally trashy.’
- ‘The story of a man who leads a double life: a respectable geography teacher by day; by night, hanging out in gay bars, looking for a longterm relationship, but usually encountering only one-night stands.’
- 1.1 A person with whom one has a sexual relationship lasting one night.
- ‘Who needs a boyfriend or even a one-night stand?’
- ‘Women's behaviour in cases of misattributed paternity clearly suggests that the man they hope is the biological, and want to be the social, father of their child is their partner, not their ex, one-night stand or even lover.’
- ‘One bunch of 10 friends bid $10,000 for a date with the Irishman, while another woman doubled the bid for her own one-night stand..’
- ‘Ben Clost is Dee's one-night stand, whose relationship with his mother is disturbing and comic.’
- ‘Anna told Tony that he was the best one-night stand ever, but Tony protested that they could carry on a long distance relationship and has already called her a couple of times at work today.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘At that moment she felt like what was the point of acting like a girlfriend when the so-called boyfriend is acting like 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.’
- ‘All through law school I was committed to weeklong relationships with cute chicks and one-night stands.’
- ‘You made me feel like nothing more than one of your one-night stands, a feeling I didn't deserve.’
2A single performance of a play or show in a particular place.
- ‘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.’
- ‘However, lest anyone think all this will prompt the choreographer to rest on a divan and munch a boxful of bonbons, Morris emphasizes that he still leads his troupe on the road for half the year, sometimes on one-night stands, to survive.’
- ‘After about 1906, the touring companies with their one-night stands declined precipitously.’
- ‘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.’
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