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dimber damber upright man

obsolete slang The leader of a band of thieves, miscreants, or gypsies. He walked through the town, this dimber damber upright man, quietly marking people as targets for his band of rogues who lurked in the shadows.
See also: man, upright

an empty sack cannot stand upright

One must eat in order to carry out one's duties. Have some dinner before you go back to your research. An empty sack cannot stand upright, you know.
See also: cannot, empty, sack, stand, upright

bolt upright

1. verb To suddenly sit or stand up from a reclining position. I bolted upright in bed when the phone rang in the middle of the night.
2. adjective Very erect in posture. The teacher instructed us to be bolt upright on the stage during the assembly.
See also: bolt, upright

An empty sack cannot stand upright.

Prov. A poor or hungry person cannot function properly. Sit down and have something to eat before you go back to work. An empty sack can't stand upright.
See also: cannot, empty, sack, stand, 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.
See also: bolt, sit, upright

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
See also: bolt, upright

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.
See shoot bolt
See also: bolt, upright

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).
See also: bolt, upright

bolt upright

In a rigidly vertical position: sat bolt upright.
See also: bolt, upright
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He said the FPM leader and retired general enjoyed the political qualifications necessary to occupy the top post, which he said were "competence, uprightness, tact and diplomacy".
Courtesy, uprightness, and prudence will help you deal with unforeseen events.
Lu, Yu and Chen have all) contributed to their countries over time; their fairness and uprightness have won the confidence of the public,'' the release said, adding, ''This office hopes the justice system will process their cases in a just and fair manner and affirm their innocence.
Uprightness, being upstanding, or a stand-up guy are morality made flesh.
He argues that Odysseus advocates the "ethic of expediency" (30), Neoptolemus is initially self-serving in his attitude toward the divine but, as the play progresses, comes to be "ethically divided" (36), the Chorus supports Odysseus's religious and ethical stance, and Philoctetes believes in divine justice and moral uprightness.
He is reported to have said: "A player who wants to be the best one of the world, and he already may be, should have the uprightness and the sufficient maturity to verify that against facts there are not arguments.
It is hoped that it will attract to the ranks of the Chartered Surveyors a continuous flow of clean-run young Englishmen and Scotsmen who will represent the uprightness and ability of our technically educated classes.
Anselm defines free will as "the ability to keep uprightness of will for the sake of uprightness itself" rather than as the ability to sin or not sin.
Reverend Knox was a Princeton-educated Scot, who, in the Princetonian Presbyterian tradition, strove to inculcate Hamilton with three indispensable virtues: moral uprightness, individual responsibility, and intellectual fervor.
There is a formality and a rhythmic uprightness, as well as an attention to the spaces between notes, that appeals to the head and heart before drawing the foot to tap or the head to nod.
In it we meet a humble man of courage, simple faith, and moral uprightness, a paragon of those qualities we all like to believe are the true hallmark of the American character.
When she arrived, she was both surprised and favorably struck by, among other things, the comparative uninterest, even of the rich, in material comfort and pleasures, and by the uprightness and straightforwardness of the public administration.
The second view, uprightness in the eyes of humans, is portrayed as an ever-present danger.
It is nothing extraordinary, then, when his servants disguise themselves as the servants of uprightness.
At the time, the Sydney Daily Telegraph wrote that Bishop Torreggiani 'succeeded in establishing general confidence and esteem by his gracious and kindly manner to persons of all classes, and by his frankness, generosity, and thorough uprightness in all things relating to the church'.