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bolt upright

vertical and straight She suddenly awoke from her nightmare and sat bolt upright in bed.
Usage notes: usually used with sit and usually used after the verb, as in the example
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bolt upright

in a position where you are sitting up with your back very straight He woke to see her sitting bolt upright beside him and wondered what was the matter.
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bolt upright

Precisely perpendicular, erect in carriage, as in She sat bolt upright in her pew. This expression was used in slightly different form by Chaucer in the late 1300s: "She was ... long as a mast and upright as a bolt" ( The Miller's Tale).
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bolt upright

In a rigidly vertical position: sat bolt upright.
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Go back to sleep," Tom suggests, when a terrifying shriek, long-drawn-out, is heard and he too sits bolt upright.
No longer bolt upright, Eulalie leans forward upon hands that no longer firmly set, as almost perfect teeth bite firmly upon their fellows down below, she sees the very man approaching, grinning all the while, and hears his voice, all sickly-sweet, disrupt the silence in the theatre as he calls out to her, "Hi, little one, would you like some candy?
Bolt upright, blinking and swallowing frequently, the Culture Secretary seemed to have few illusions about what was at stake.
As he did so the "corpse" sat bolt upright and began to plead
Marcotti looked like a giant, sitting bolt upright and gesticulating with his chunky arms while his big brown eyes glared intently at the presenter, Matt Smith.
As he deteriorated a senior doctor prescribed him two antibiotics, but his sister Roxane Walczak-Doughty said when a nurse began injecting the first, amoxicillin, he sat bolt upright and began gasping like a goldfish and vomited.
Cantona just laughed, said hello and strolled back to the hub of the action, collar bolt upright as usual.
She was sitting there bolt upright with her hands in her lap and her face was dead straight, but her eyes looked like they were filling up," he added.
Due to the sub-zero temperatures outside, I'd piled on two dressing gowns, big socks and was sat bolt upright in bed.
My whole body went cold and I sat bolt upright and said, very firmly, 'Go away and leave me alone
And so you find yourself bolt upright, high above the traffic, with this super-lightweight machine underneath you that's incredibly agile.
I found myself having to sit bolt upright in front of the screen - and I have good eyesight
The steering is very sharp, the brakes are superb and the low-slung driving position and bolt upright steering wheel add to the sense of occasion.
Within moments of the injection, Mrs Leighton jerked forward and sat bolt upright in her bed.