from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who substitutes for an actor while the lights and camera are adjusted or during hazardous action.
  • noun A substitute.

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  • noun A person of similar size and shape to an actor that "stands-in" for the actor during the lengthy process of setting up a shot, who, unlike a double, does not appear in the film.
  • noun A substitute

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  • noun someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)


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to stand in


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  • A person who has the same physical properties of a particular actor that takes their place during the lengthy setup of a scene.

    July 29, 2008

  • Apparently this is also the name for those skanky things that are like a scene or person with a cut-out space for you to put your head in, usually for the purpose of being photographed. Example.

    May 30, 2009