sit bolt upright

sit bolt upright

to sit up straight. Tony sat bolt upright and listened to what the teacher was saying to him. After sitting bolt upright for almost an hour in that crowded airplane, I swore I would never fly again.
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Only suppose,' returned Bella, 'that poor Pa was to sit bolt upright in another corner.
No, I'm going to sit bolt upright gasping at the terrifying realisation that I've FORGOTTEN TO HAVE A BABY
My survival instinct forced me to sit bolt upright, although I found out afterwards that was totally the wrong thing to do.
I sit bolt upright in bed, roused from deep sleep by a man shouting in my ear: "Who shot the Byreman?
HENRIK STENSON used to fall asleep watching The Masters as a kid but the one moment that made him sit bolt upright was the legendary bunker shot from Sandy Lyle in 1988.
The loft is snug: Sit bolt upright in bed at 3 am, you'll see stars on a cloudy night, guaranteed.
SOME statistics make you sit bolt upright in your seat.
5m is paid a year to Welsh officers through a housing and rent allowances scheme which closed to new entrants 16 years ago is enough to make even the most generous taxpayer sit bolt upright.
The party congress is likely to be a gruelling chore for Kim, who as party secretary will be expected to sit bolt upright in front of thousands of deputies and TV cameras at least for five hours a day and probably stand up while delivering one of the interminable speeches beloved of dictators everywhere," South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported.
I must have been in a very deep sleep as the second he touches my arm I sit bolt upright, look right at him and say in a very loud, Texan voice 'howdy partner' and wink.
When you live from day to day with the thought that your neighbour is not 100 per cent normal, it's easy to awake in the dead of night, sit bolt upright in bed and find yourself covered in a film of cold sweat.
I found myself having to sit bolt upright in front of the screen - and I have good eyesight
would come the exasperated reply as the elder in question wrestled with sofa cushions and a brimful tea-cup to sit bolt upright in his chair.
There is no need to sit bolt upright - let the back of the chair take your weight - the chair should give support to your shoulder blades.
As soon as I'm eventually resuscitated, I sit bolt upright, blood boiling, demanding an explanation.