get up on its hind legs

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get up on its hind legs

Of a four-legged animal, to stand on its back legs. If you're trying to teach the dog to get up on its hind legs, why don't you use treats as an incentive?
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get up on one's hind legs

Fig. to get angry and assertive. (Alludes to the action of a horse when it is excited or frightened.) She got up on her hind legs and told them all to go to blazes. She has a tendency to get up on her hind legs and tell people off.
See also: get, hind, leg, on, up
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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