a long stand

a long stand

An imaginary object that someone is instructed to request from someone else, who then proceeds to leave them standing around waiting indefinitely while it is being "located." A practical joke usually played on a new member of a group or organization. A: "The other guys told me to go ask the foreman for a long stand, and he just left me waiting for nearly an hour before I finally gave up!" B: "Gosh, did you really not understand that they were pulling your leg?"
See also: long, stand