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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.
See also: hind, leg, on

on your hind legs

standing up to make a speech. British informal
See also: hind, leg, on
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Bob whirled abruptly and with lightning swiftness, pivoting on his hind legs, his fore legs just lifted clear of the ground.
broke the martingale and enabled him to gain a perpendicular position on his hind legs. At this juncture a rotten stirrup leather parted, and Daylight was all but unhorsed.
In attacking he rears himself on his hind legs, and springs the length of his body.
He had not gone many paces, before he again returned, reared himself on his hind legs, and repeated his menace.
And Michael went through the humiliating ordeal of being jerked erect on his hind legs by Johnny while Collins with the stick cracked him under the jaw and across the knees.
"If he can't stand on his hind legs he can't barrel-jump--you've heard about Ruth, Johnny.
One dog walks on his hind legs. When he was young, we noticed he enjoyed walking on his hind legs so we encouraged it," said Nikki Ogle, who has been working with these dogs for four years.
Cute Jiff, a pint-sized pomeranian, has romped into the Guinness Book of World Records by running ten metres in 6.5 seconds while balancing on his hind legs and five metres in 7.7 seconds on his front paws.
WALKIES: Jiff on his hind legs and right, TV's Pudsey
The four-year-old pet holds two Guinness World Records after smashing the 10m record on his hind legs and the 5m one on his front legs.
The dog, from Los Angeles, has clocked two new world bests - running 10metres on his hind legs in 6.56seconds and five metres on his front paws in 7.76seconds.
"He also likes to stand on his hind legs - like a meerkat."
Summary: A gorilla at Australia's Taronga Zoo in Sydney has been surprising crowds as he walks around upright on his hind legs.