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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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 ˈupright

with your back very straight in an upright position: The noise woke her suddenly and she sat bolt upright in bed.
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bolt upright

In a rigidly vertical position: sat bolt upright.
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Fit hinges to the door upright and catches to the door.
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Kmart was alone in this group with a selection of Fantom uprights, though others displayed some Shark products.
On th uprights, mark holes 13 inches apart starting 6 1/2 inches from the bottom.
While established metallographers usually prefer inverted microscopes, there are certain applications, for example, research on superconductivity, where upright models offer an advantage.
The ProLux product line is designed as three upright vacuum cleaners, each of which provide the ease of interchangeable parts with existing Electrolux products and will be available early July.
Kmart offered Fantom Twister bagless upright for $149.
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Model U5434-900 is the Plus upright, which succeeds the U5433-900.
Duane Peiffer, director of product planning at Hoover, said the company is positioning itself as a "premium brand," with uprights at price points ranging from $59 to $370.
Vertical uprights meet your specific needs through the use of six different upright heights with four-inch adjustability on each upright.
Eureka will highlight uprights in the Boss, Smart Vac and WhirlWind lines.
Behind this growth is uprights, a matured segment of the category that has high household penetration -- more than 90 percent.
Over the past decade, product innovation in the upright segment has evolved, producing more cleaners that have meaningful features and measurable benefits.
Today's uprights can clean more areas of the home than just wall-to-wall carpeting.