What does the word stand mean in this phrase?
The etymology is from the "play or show" meaning and the word probably comes from "stand" used in the military sense, as a confrontation:
The OED says s.v. "stand":
So the "stand" is the stopping place on a theatrical tour. The one-night stand is a place where the show is performed for only one night. Nothing to do with fighting.
The participants in a 'one-night stand' usually not know each other and have no intention or expectation of a relationship to come out of it.
'Stand' here is also used to describe the relationship, if any, as 'The relationship only stands for one night'.
protected by RegDwigнt♦ Aug 2 '12 at 3:39
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