spring to attention

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spring to attention

To quickly or hurriedly assume a military posture in which one stands with one's body erect, one's heels together, one's arms at one's sides, and one's eyes facing forward. We all sprang to attention when Admiral Holt entered the barracks.
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spring to attention

to move quickly to assume the military posture of attention. The recruit sprang to attention.
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His floppy ears sprang to attention. I saw a spark of excitement ignite in his sad brown eyes as his tail waved a hesitant greeting.
She sprang to attention with her cover of Mark Ronson's 'Uptown Funk',' which became the first XFactor live recording to hit number one on iTunes.
RATING: 3/5 DIANE BIRCH - SPEAK A LITTLE LOUDER MICHIGAN-born singer-songwriter Diane Birch sprang to attention with her 2009 debut, Bible Belt, a collection of DIANE BIRCH - SPEAK A LITTLE LOUDER MICHIGAN-born singer-songwriter Diane Birch sprang to attention with her 2009 debut, Bible Belt, a collection of songs that suggested she''d packed plenty into her life.
RATING: 3/5 DIANE BIRCH - SPEAK A LITTLE LOUDER MICHIGAN-born singer-songwriter Diane Birch sprang to attention with her 2009 debut, Bible DIANE BIRCH - SPEAK A LITTLE LOUDER MICHIGAN-born singer-songwriter Diane Birch sprang to attention with her 2009 debut, Bible Belt, a collection of songs that suggested she''d packed plenty into her life.
Arms were raised, bodies bounced, neck hairs sprang to attention and throats went a little lumpy as thousands of voices sang along on a grey London day on the Marshes.
The Serbian first sprang to attention when he was ejected from the US Open in 2000 for abusing staff about the price of a salmon lunch.
But the museum authorities sprang to attention and supplied a stone fig leaf which was clipped on when royals visited (an absurdity which continued until the demise of Queen Mary in 1953).
NANNY rustled her apron strings, and grey men from Health & Safety sprang to attention.
The 44-year-old Londoner was making decent progress after mixing birdies and bogeys down the front nine, but only sprang to attention as the leading home player with birdies on the last two holes.
Our plants sprang to attention with that and began to put out all that we had hoped for.
His whistling reached such a peak that sheepdogs throughout Derbyshire sprang to attention while even the ball-boys felt his wrath when one had the audacity to chuck Spurs the ball a touch too promptly for Gregory's liking.
He sprang to attention when he ran in three tries in the 56-11 win over Emerging Wales the following year and made his sixth appearance at A level against France last weekend.
She sprang to attention and headed towards the intruder.
He sprang to attention last year after he started uploading videos of sting operations on YouTube.
Les first sprang to attention in 1965 when he beat Acocks Green's Peter Dee (now Radio 2's Johnnie Walker) to win an Evening Mail DJ competition.