From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishstand up phrasal verb1 STANDto 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 stay healthy 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.3 TRUEto 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).4 stand 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.5 stand 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
Examples from the Corpusstand up• "I have to go now, " she said, standing up.• It's generally better to do this exercise standing up.• She spent the whole evening wondering why her date had stood her up.• The bartender had to go round standing up all the stools that had been knocked down in the fight.• The seats were all taken and we had to stand up all the way from Tokyo to Nagoya.• Abruptly she stood up, and got ready to leave.• Tom stood the statue up and looked at it.• Stand the wine bottle up for a few hours in a warm place before drinking.• If he continues to stand up his friends, he's not going to have any left.• Could you all stand up please.• He stood up to shake Mel's hand.Stand up straight• Here's one you can do when you're waiting in that boring old queue. Stand up straight.stand to• Of how the spindly high school youngster had stood up to, among others, Alonzo Mourning.• They did not clap when I stood up to explain the settlement.• The next day a student stood up to him.• They are in no position to stand up to hostile superiors.• My old truck can stand up to just about anything.• Luckily the little rusty cookers themselves stood up to the punishment.• He and his Revolutionary Council expressed supreme confidence in their ability to stand up to the United States and its coalition partners.• He is respected as a leader who is willing to stand up to the West.• Aggressive bosses are less likely to criticize workers who stand up to them.• Every so often she stood up to warm herself; otherwise she waited patiently, the hard metal under her.• All the participants stood up to watch the tabulation.stand to/under• Women stood up to all this.• How could Pinkus stand up to him?• They are in no position to stand up to hostile superiors.• Pierluigi stood up to pull down his roller map of central coastal California.• Fortunately, it stands up to scrutiny.• The Project also took advantage of the vast numbers of our supporters eager to stand up to the bullies at the clinics.• Only through unity and collective resistance can these people stand up to the powerful interests that seek to control their lives.• Anyone who challenges my authority will have to stand up to this divine power when I come to Corinth.stand up and be counted• Those who admire her should stand up and be counted.• We really need more help from you good men to stand up and be counted!• I do not want to stand up and be counted as a supporter of those demands.stand-upˈstand-up1, standup /ˈstændʌp/ adjective [only before noun] 1 APstand-up comedy involves one person telling jokes alone as a performance a stand-up comedian2 STANDa stand-up meeting, meal etc is one in which people stand up We had a stand-up buffet.3 VIOLENTa 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.4 VERTICALable to stay upright a photo in a stand-up frame a stand-up collar → stand up at stand1
Examples from the Corpusstand-up• He ate fried cabbage in stand-up cafes.• Robert Benchley, a writer turned stand-up comedian who pioneered television-type comedy in his short films.• Or a president of the Board of Supervisors whose real job is stand-up comedy.• Other tales that make up the show are obviously fictional: the stuff of stand-up comedy.• Successive personnel managers had always caved in to his demands as they knew full well that Clasper would win a stand-up fight.• There are a few songs but mostly the show follows the stand-up format.• a stand-up mirror• Best stand-up performance:! off!• People paid $100 each to hear Quayle speak at a stand-up reception.• If there were tragedy clubs at which people came to watch stand-up tragedians, Mr Brown would be a star.stand-upstand-up2, standup noun [uncountable] 1 APstand-up comedy Mark used to do stand-up at Roxy’s Bar.2 a comedian who does stand-up comedy
Examples from the Corpusstand-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.