snap to attention

snap to (attention)

in. to come to attention; to look alert immediately. When they realized what was happening, they began to snap to.
See also: attention, snap
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New Labour giants are on the sidelines: Tony Blair, Peter Mandelson and Alastair Campbell have all given stark warnings of the consequences of a Corbyn victory for their party but there is little sign that Labour supporters now snap to attention at these utterances.
Whenever Fletcher enters a room at the school, he bursts into it like a force of nature, and all of the musicians snap to attention.
Elections are one of the few occasions when the public can get the political class to snap to attention, when they can expect to find candidates on their doorstep ready to hear their concerns.
Announcing a coalition before its members are on board is an amateurish way of operating, because it makes the local players -- Arab governments of already mixed legitimacy in this case -- look like hapless fools who snap to attention when an American gives the order.
Some brain cells need a jolt of stress to snap to attention.
The best way to deal with this is to stand up for yourself and refuse to snap to attention just because they expect this of you.
Not long ago, Republicans would uniformly snap to attention when Goldman Sachs or Bank of America spoke.
Jurors who are disinclined to take the time to review complex documents will often snap to attention when a document appears on a monitor, with key excerpts blown up and highlighted.
Washington, Jan 27 (ANI): Male viewers snap to attention at the sight of a female anchor they find attractive, but are distracted by her looks and therefore less likely to remember what she had to say, a new study from researchers at Indiana University has found.
The normally busy road is closed to traffic so that thousands of mourners can line the route - officially renamed the Highway of Heroes - while uniformed cops and firefighters snap to attention and salute.
Oligarchs snap to attention in his presence and Forbes magazine ranks Sechin among the world s top 50 most powerful people, one notch above Kremlin chief Dmitry Medvedev, widely regarded as junior to Putin.
That was the cue for United to snap to attention, appreciate the size of the job they had on and clock on for work with a third of their shift already gone.
Employees no longer snap to attention and are not subservient, as in the past.
Believe me, when the man known as the Father of SMT calls, you put down your comic book, take your feet off the desk and snap to attention.
For that is the message Stephen Harper seems to want everyone to believe, namely that the lily-livered days of soft power are over, the world will snap to attention so long as Canada keeps waving its ever-growing stick, and the dark days of an underappreciated military are over.