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standing

1 adjective
     
stand‧ing1 [only before noun]
1XX permanently agreed or arranged:
You have to pay standing charges whether or not you use the service.
standing invitation (=permission to visit someone whenever you like)
a standing army (=a professional permanent army)
A standing committee was established to coordinate the army and navy.
2 done from a standing position:
The runners set off from a standing start.
standing ovation (=when people stand up to clap after a performance)
3

standing joke

something that happens often and that people make jokes about:
The whole incident became a standing joke between us.

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