one-night stand

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one-night stand (plural one-night stands)

  1. An occasion when a performer or team of them (especially in vaudeville) expects to perform at a theater for a single evening.
  2. (idiomatic) A single sexual encounter between two individuals, where at least one of the partners has no immediate intention or expectation of establishing a longer-term sexual or romantic relationship. As the phrase implies, the relationship lasts for only one night.
  3. (idiomatic) Either of the two partners involved in such a single sexual encounter.
    • 2004, Paul G. Nation, The Jacksonville Four: Living Where Money Grows on Trees, AuthorHouse (2004), ISBN 1418489964, page 20:
      Chet's mom was never home. She always went out gambling, partying and staying overnight with one of her sugar daddies. Chet never met his father. He was just a one-night stand she'd had eighteen years ago.
    • 2009, HoneyB, Single Husbands, Grand Central Publishing (2009), ISBN 9780446582308, unnumbered page:
      She was a one-night stand he'd met at the gym, and Herschel couldn't remember her name.
    • 2011, Jane Graves, Black Ties and Lullabies, Forever (2011), ISBN 9780446568470, unnumbered page:
      “So she was just a one-night stand like all the rest?”