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dimber damber upright man

obsolete slang The leader of a band of thieves, miscreants, or gypsies. He walked through the town, this dimber damber upright man, quietly marking people as targets for his band of rogues who lurked in the shadows.
See also: man, upright

an empty sack cannot stand upright

One must eat in order to carry out one's duties. Have some dinner before you go back to your research. An empty sack cannot stand upright, you know.
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bolt upright

1. verb To suddenly sit or stand up from a reclining position. I bolted upright in bed when the phone rang in the middle of the night.
2. adjective Very erect in posture. The teacher instructed us to be bolt upright on the stage during the assembly.
See also: bolt, upright

An empty sack cannot stand upright.

Prov. A poor or hungry person cannot function properly. Sit down and have something to eat before you go back to work. An empty sack can't stand upright.
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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.
See also: bolt, sit, upright

bolt upright

Precisely perpendicular, erect in carriage, as in She sat bolt upright in her pew. This expression was used in slightly different form by Chaucer in the late 1300s: "She was ... long as a mast and upright as a bolt" ( The Miller's Tale).
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bolt ˈupright

with your back very straight in an upright position: The noise woke her suddenly and she sat bolt upright in bed.
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bolt upright

In a rigidly vertical position: sat bolt upright.
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Fit the cross beams to the uprights with metal brackets.
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In this case, the student needs to retrain the internal muscles that will keep him upright, and the tube will help support the skeletal frame while the abdominal and back muscles are becoming more conditioned.
Sebo was voted most reliable upright, while Miele topped the cylinder category.
When you put a fairing on [an upright bike] you can [only] get up to 97 kilometers (60 miles) per hour," says David Gordon Wilson, a professor of engineering at MIT.
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tugenensis walked upright, the CT scans published by Eckhardt's group lack enough resolution to provide a reliable picture of bone thickness, asserts C.
But among owners of Dyson cleaners, 75% with upright models and 81% with cylinder versions said their machines had not needed attention in the first six years.
To prevent infections, Dr Upright suggests washing thoroughly with mild, perfume-free bath soap and wearing clean, cotton underwear Stay away from nylon panties which can cause odor and trap sweat, leading to itching or infection,
Stand the shelf upright and use the rubber mallet to settle crosspieces into place.
Building on the highly successful Single Motor Upright (V-SMU-14) launched in 2010, Tennant has added three new options to its upright vacuum line of products: a Lightweight Upright (V-LWU-13), a Dual Motor Upright (V-DMU-14) and a Wide Area Vacuum (V-WA-30).
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Informal upright: Has much the same branch arrangement as the formal upright style, but the top - instead of being erect as in the formal upright style - bends slightly to the front.