on (one's) hind legs

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on (one's) hind legs

Standing upright, especially to deliver a speech. Come on then, stand up on your hind legs and say a few words about this company you've helped create! Forgive me if I seem nervous, but I'm not used to standing on my hind legs in front of a large group of people.
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on your hind legs

standing up to make a speech. British informal
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Takins have an impressive reach; Schaller observed them balancing on hind legs to nip branch tips 8 feet above the ground.