standing room

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standing room

Space in which to stand, as in a public place where all seats are filled.

stand′ing-room′ adj.

stand′ing room`

1. space in which to stand, as in a theater or stadium.
2. accommodation for standing.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.standing room - room for passengers or spectators to stand; "there was standing room for thousands more people"
sports stadium, stadium, arena, bowl - a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments
theater, theatre, house - a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented; "the house was full"
elbow room, room, way - space for movement; "room to pass"; "make way for"; "hardly enough elbow room to turn around"
References in classic literature ?
It is estimated that the floor of the church affords standing room for--for a large number of people; I have forgotten the exact figures.
Moving about the Rome of to-day, we might find it hard to believe in her old magnificence and her millions of population; but with this stubborn evidence before us that she was obliged to have a theatre with sitting room for eighty thousand persons and standing room for twenty thousand more, to accommodate such of her citizens as required amusement, we find belief less difficult.
For my own part I proceeded towards the table at which the Grandmother had lately sat; and, since the crowd around it was not very large, I soon obtained standing room among the ring of gamblers, while directly in front of me, on the green cloth, I saw marked the word "Passe."
With these words she made them all want to come, and they flocked to the assembly till seats and standing room were alike crowded.
Even slow-breeding man has doubled in twenty-five years, and at this rate, in a few thousand years, there would literally not be standing room for his progeny.
They shoved and writhed and muttered and jostled, for all the world like a collection of home-seeking City men trying to secure standing room on the Underground at half-past five in the afternoon.
And if this seems a trifling risk, let us see whether it is equalled or surpassed by the encounter of two galleys stem to stem, in the midst of the open sea, locked and entangled one with the other, when the soldier has no more standing room than two feet of the plank of the spur; and yet, though he sees before him threatening him as many ministers of death as there are cannon of the foe pointed at him, not a lance length from his body, and sees too that with the first heedless step he will go down to visit the profundities of Neptune's bosom, still with dauntless heart, urged on by honour that nerves him, he makes himself a target for all that musketry, and struggles to cross that narrow path to the enemy's ship.
Nor did the place lose money, for no one left, and the crowd increased to standing room as Michael went through his repertoire of "God Save the King," "Sweet Bye and Bye," "Lead, Kindly Light," "Home, Sweet Home," and "Shenandoah."
There was not even standing room left in that part of the theater.
My neighbour paid PS180 to take his family from Aberdeen to the rugby and reported that, by the time the train left Stonehaven, it was so packed it was standing room only.
There was standing room only at the Fabulosa Music Festival, held at Eugene McCoy's Crathorne Arms, with a wide cross section of Teesside's top musicians providing the entertainment.