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an empty sack cannot stand upright

proverb 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

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.
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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.
See also: bolt, sit, upright
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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).
See also: bolt, upright
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

bolt upright

In a rigidly vertical position: sat bolt upright.
See also: bolt, upright
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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However, Olree seems to use the term at times to refer to a basic good other than religion, namely, choosing uprightly, or what natural lawyers call 'practical reasonableness.' See Finnis, above n 29, 88-89.
God not only gives people guidance on how to live uprightly in the fallen world but gives them Jesus himself, as the way to do so, as well as the Holy Spirit, who enables those who believe in Jesus to cooperate with him by discerning and carrying out God's plan for their lives.
According to this catechism, the great "prophets" of biblical history "who served the Eternal uprightly" are all taken from the Jewish Bible.
First, a ruler must rule discreetly, uprightly, and be attentive to God's Word.
The oath went as follows: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that I will support and defend the constitution and laws of the state of Georgia, and uprightly demean myself as a citizen thereof, so help me God." Id.
You must also send your practitioner's oath swearing that you will support the Constitution and conduct yourself "uprightly" along with a check for a whopping $35.
The whole enterprise, at least in the ambitious mode pursued by Greuze, had by then acquired the name "painting of morals." Ethical seriousness, once reserved for events in the lives of the saintly and highborn, came to rest in the heart of uprightly modest families like those in Greuze's Marriage Contract and Filial Piety--before-and-after scenes that managed to hold the attention of their enthusiastic admirers over the two-year interval spearating the great Salon exhibitions in the Louvre.
In spite of the fact that the supernatural creature in the yaksa story alternates between human and monstrous visages, he behaves uprightly and with tenderness, and so causes little if any discomfort.
"Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him." This theology became the basis for all the subsequent pastoral and missionary activities not only of Peter but of the other apostles as well.
(32) Swinburne insists that people may not be aware of the distinction between "I will" and "I do": And therefore, since it is the very Consent of Mind only which maketh Matrimony, we are to regard not their Words, but their Intents, not the formality of Phrase, but the drift of their Determination, not the outward sound of their Lips, which cannot speak more cunningly, but the inward Harmony or Agreement of their Hearts, which mean uprightly. (62)
Let us conduct uprightly and justly; with propriety and steadiness; not servilely cringing for favor, nor arrogantly claiming more attention and respect than our due; let us bear with fortitude the providential, and unavoidable evils of life, and we shall spend our days with respectability and contentment, at least.
22:37), to walk uprightly and to seek justice (Micah 2:7), in short, to love his neighbor as himself." Ibid., 107.
and subsidy commissioner under Elizabeth and James, describing his efforts "to do unto your majesty and the country therein the best and faythfullest service; and have carryed himself in the said service uprightly and with that integritie as that his actions have not ministred any just matter of exception".
The poem fittingly ends, as it began, with references to the passing of time, reminding its audience that the only way to conquer death is to live uprightly and have faith in Him "that was crowned with thorn."
Addressing Reagan as "my Son," the voice assured the governor that he had been "pleasing." If "Son" would "walk uprightly before Me," Son would "reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue," the home of the First Couple of the Land.