stand-in


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

stand-in

1. In film and television, someone who stands in place of an actor while lights, cameras, and sound equipment are set up and adjusted. I got a job as a stand-in for a local television shoot. It's pretty dull work, but the pay is good!
2. By extension, anyone who acts as a substitute for the duty or role of someone else, especially on a temporary basis. The vice-president assumed she would be nothing more than a stand-in while the president recuperated from his illness, but after he died, she was forced to lead the country for real. Don't get so high and mighty with us, Jeff. You're just a stand-in while the boss is on vacation.

stand in (for someone)

to substitute for someone; to serve in someone's place. The famous opera singer was ill, and an inexperienced singer had to stand in for her. The new singer was grateful for the opportunity to stand in.
See also: stand

stand-in

n. a substitute; a temporary replacement. The audience booed the stand-in. They had paid to hear a star.
References in periodicals archive ?
Originally, the idea of using CGI and stand-ins sounded appealing in order to still have a sense of Hoffman as Plutarch in the two remaining scenes.
SEAL OF APPROVAL Strachan gives his stand-ins such as Martin, Bannan and Conway (below left) a thumbs-up for their fine display on Friday night
The test data was then validated on the ground with human stand-ins for passengers.
When Dutch photographer Frans Lanting decided he wanted to paint a portrait of the Earth's evolution, he recognized that unless he could find a way to bend time, he'd have to settle for a few stand-ins. And so he found himself in many of America's national parks, where time seems to stand still.
Ashworth scored 12 points for Sheffield at the same track last month to help the Tigers to a shock away victory, so it is no surprise he was top of team manager George English's list of stand-ins.
Both sides were far from full strength due to injuries and Grand Prix commitments, but the Hammers collected many more points from their stand-ins, with veterans Joe Screen and Chris Louis both in good form.
The stand-ins performed admirably in Tuesday's League Cup defeat to Barnsley, but manager Dave Penney will still ring the changes in Lancashire.
It's incredible in this day and age of modern soaps to think that some actors could not perform on the two days of the performance so had to be replaced by stand-ins. Imagine that in EastEnders or Corrie!
They are not symbols or stand-ins for Native American cultures.
Stand-ins for traditional hall passes include a life preserver, rubber snakes and alligators, a shoe, a wooden apple, a magic wand, and even a doll named Igor.
They see motivations ranging from the rational (the vested interests of obesity researchers, public health officials, and the diet and pharmaceutical industries) to the irrational (a deep-seated cultural revulsion at fat people, disproportionately poor symbols of sloth who serve as stand-ins for minority scapegoats).
These stand-ins rode Expedition Everest as the coaster underwent extensive testing.
There's an eternal battle between academies and journalists in the writing of history, with the scholars emphasizing long arcs of historic force and the hacks stressing the agency of particular figures--a take that has the advantage of making more interesting copy; by my count, Branch's journalistic history contains at least four stand-ins for Hamlet.
A follow-up discussion with the debaters or their stand-ins will be at 5:05 p.m., Tuesday at Cafe Paradiso, Broadway and Olive Street.
He follows Anne Robinson, John Sergeant and Paul Merton as stand-ins before a permanent host is found following the axing of Angus Deayton.