spring to attention

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.
See also: attention, spring

spring to attention

to move quickly to assume the military posture of attention. The recruit sprang to attention.
See also: attention, spring
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The pilot episode of this US import makes the hairs on the back of your neck spring to attention in the same spooky and thrilling way that our first sight of Lost and Heroes did back in the days before they went nuts.
Discipline yourself not to spring to attention when hearing the national anthem, as well as remembering to sing God Save the Queen and not King.
But, having already earmarked his targets (one of them from France), Lee warns that his side may not even be able to act on any new names that spring to attention.
She has certainly made Soldier Soldier spring to attention!
One flash of his blinding pearlies and his man-boobs and my ovaries spring to attention and start doing a jig.
As soon as they crossed the threshold, I would spring to attention and begin a torrent of talk as I tried to prove my return to health and sanity.