Definition of stand-in in US English:



  • A person who stands in for another, especially in a performance; a substitute.

    ‘his stand-in does all the dancing sequences’
    • ‘The situation worsened when at the start of the second half the keeper refused to play and had to be replaced with a stand-in goalie.’
    • ‘The promotional video, which involved a film crew of 40 and a further 40 local stand-ins, was filmed on location on the slopes of Mount Eagle and at scenic Slea Head.’
    • ‘They were knocked out of the Cup after having a stand-in keeper for the second half following an injury.’
    • ‘She has a stand-in for the singing.’
    • ‘He has the right physical features and abilities for the role; able to perform the film's demanding stunt and action sequences without requiring heavy use of editing or stand-ins.’
    • ‘The stand-ins excelled themselves and the keeper had little to do during the match.’
    • ‘The actors' stand-ins walk down the sidewalk, reading their lines, while the lighting and camera and sound guys work around them.’
    • ‘Their animosity ran so deep that they worked together as little as possible while making the movie, even to the point of using stand-ins for close-up shots.’
    • ‘The photographer used his teenage sons as stand-ins and uniform and kit were bought from a military surplus warehouse for ‘less than £200’.’
    • ‘This is a neat little feature about how rubber sculptures of the animated characters were used as stand-ins while the actors did their thing.’
    • ‘We were only filmed for the opening and closing shots - the action sequences of us running on a beach were stand-ins.’
    • ‘In fact, in some scenes, the video is so good stunt doubles can be more clearly identified as stand-ins during action sequences than they could in lesser quality transfers of this film.’
    • ‘He walked out of casualty and got to the studio a few seconds after a stand-in had started the show.’
    • ‘A drama teacher is hoping her pregnancy will not turn out to be a crisis for her acting group and is seeking a stand-in.’
    • ‘As stand-in captain, he handled a very difficult situation with characteristic professionalism.’
    • ‘He was left with a motley crew of stand-ins.’
    • ‘However, his replacement proved more than an adequate stand-in as he took the man of the match award.’
    • ‘Onstage, stand-ins for the closing act are doing sound and lighting checks.’
    • ‘He was chipping cheeky penalties past a stand-in goalkeeper.’
    • ‘Throughout the Roman Empire statues were erected in cities and colonies, and held to be stand-ins for the emperor himself; they had to be treated with respect.’
    substitute, replacement, reserve, representative, deputy, surrogate, lieutenant, second, second string, proxy, understudy, double, locum, supply, fill-in, cover, relief, stopgap, standby
    substitute, replacement, reserve, deputy, second-string, fill-in, stopgap, supply, surrogate, relief, acting, temporary, provisional, caretaker
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/ˈstand ˌin//ˈstænd ˌɪn/