From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishstand up phrasal verb1STANDto be on your feet, or to rise to your feet → stand-up 🔊 I’ve been standing up all day. 🔊 Stand up straight and don’t slouch! 🔊 Jim stood up stiffly.2[always + adverb/preposition]VERTICAL to stayhealthy or in good condition in a difficult environment or after a lot of hard use to 🔊 Most of the plants stood up well to the heat.3TRUEto be proved to be true, correct, useful etc when tested to/under 🔊 The memoirs stand up well to cross-checking with other records. 🔊 Without a witness, the charges will never stand up in court (=be successfully proved in a court of law).4stand somebody up informalMEET# to not meet someone who you have arranged to meet 🔊 I was supposed to go to a concert with Kyle on Friday, but he stood me up.5stand up and be countedOPINION to make it very clear what you think about something when this is dangerous or might cause trouble for you →stand→ See Verb table
stand-upˈstand-up1, standup /ˈstændʌp/ adjective [only before noun] 🔊 🔊 1APstand-upcomedy involves one person telling jokesalone as a performance 🔊 a stand-up comedian2STANDa stand-up meeting, meal etc is one in which people stand up 🔊 We had a stand-up buffet.3VIOLENTa stand-up fight, argument etc is one in which people shout loudly at each other or are violent 🔊 If it came to a stand-up fight, I wouldn’t have a chance.4VERTICALable to stay upright 🔊 a photo in a stand-up frame 🔊 a stand-up collar → stand upat stand1
stand-upstand-up2, standup noun [uncountable] 🔊 🔊 1APstand-up comedy 🔊 Mark used to do stand-up at Roxy’s Bar.2a comedian who does stand-up comedy
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stand-up• Then they cut to a light-skinned black woman doing a stand-up in front of a building that looked familiar.• By the time we opened I was practically doing stand-up out there.• Britain's top stand-up apparently is Sean Lock.