What does the word stand mean in this phrase?
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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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