leap to (one's) feet

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leap to (one's) feet

To quickly or abruptly assume a standing position. The kids leaped to their feet the moment I walked in the room, so I knew they were up to something bad. We all leapt to our feet to applaud the amazing performance.
See also: feet, leap
References in classic literature ?
For what seemed an eternity to the young prince the green man continued to move uneasily upon his couch, then, as though actuated by springs, he leaped to his feet and faced the red man.
Kaviri leaped to his feet. He had but recently had a taste of the white man's medicine, and his savage heart was filled with bitterness and hate.
He rolled upon the ground, fighting, biting, scratching, and roaring; he leaped to his feet and sprang into the air; he charged Tarzan, only to be brought to a sudden stop as the rope securing him to the tree tautened.
"Nay, good master," quoth he, "if thou thinkest the Sheriff gave us not the plate, I will fetch him, that he may tell us with his own lips he giveth it all to us." So saying he leaped to his feet, and was gone before Robin could call him back.
Joe leaped to his feet, clambered over the body of the dead lioness, and handed up the flask full of sparkling water to his master.
So, in good time my Queequeg gained strength; and at length after sitting on the windlass for a few indolent days (but eating with a vigorous appetite) he suddenly leaped to his feet, threw out arms and legs, gave himself a good stretching, yawned a little bit, and then springing into the head of his hoisted boat, and poising a harpoon, pronounced himself fit for a fight.
Involuntarily he leaped to his feet and placed one foot upon the body of his kill.
A still image of Mourinho reacting to Ianni seconds before he leaped to his feet showed everyone in the general vicinity also glaring at the Chelsea coach.
A youngster's fears at maybe having to watch his language while sat next to his mate's dignified dad were dispelled in the first minute, when Reg leaped to his feet to direct a torrent of invective at a German defender.
With the incident occurring right in front of the United dugout, Warnock leaped to his feet to express his displeasure at the challenge, sparking angry exchanges between staff on both sides.
When one actress said the words "I'm "pregnant", he leaped to his feet and ordered the cast to leave.