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sit bolt upright

1. To have a very erect posture while sitting. The teacher demands that we all sit bolt upright during the lesson, scolding us should we begin to slouch. The seat of the train was so stiff that I ended up sitting bolt upright for nearly three hours.
2. To very suddenly or abruptly assume an erect posture while sitting. I awoke from the nightmare and sat bolt upright in my bed. We all sat bolt upright when the principal suddenly barged into class.
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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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I sat bolt upright. "Do you mean to say that I have been for three weeks a passenger on this steamer?"
A little hard-headed, Ripstone pippin-faced man, was conversing with a fat old gentleman in one corner; and two or three more old gentlemen, and two or three more old ladies, sat bolt upright and motionless on their chairs, staring very hard at Mr.
Uncle Alec, very blue as to his clothes, and very brown as to his face, sat bolt upright, surveying well known places with interest, while Rose, feeling unusually elegant and comfortable, leaned back folded in her soft mantle, and played she was an Eastern princess making a royal progress among her subjects.
Granet sat bolt upright, with his eyes fixed upon the road.
"Much you know about it," growled Tom, lying down again, for he had sat bolt upright when Polly made the astounding declaration that he was like the well-beloved Jimmy.
Blanche suddenly threw the handkerchief off again, and sat bolt upright in her chair.
She sat bolt upright to play, her neck a graceful stem, but shrank into her own shoulders as soon as her hands left the keys.
On January 10, 2019, Mr Felix Tshisekedi sat bolt upright in the ballot box and, gasping for breath like a fish out of water, took zombie steps towards power.
The boy sat bolt upright in bed, shouted his sister's name then called for Charlene.
It formerly stood clear of the body- work and sat bolt upright. The tapered flanks of the car also create the impression of motion, and the fastback roofline further contributes to this effect.
I sat bolt upright as she said to go to hospital immediately - a kidney was waiting.
Ok, if you've just sat bolt upright in your chair, the news gets even better.
A couple of little coughs later and he sat bolt upright, every muscle taut: "For *** sake take some medicine!
I looked across and saw that all room mates were awake - one was sat bolt upright clearly very scared.
Suddenly Geoff sat bolt upright. "Hey, that's my mother there in the paddock," he exclaimed.