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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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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.
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.
First, a ruler must rule discreetly, uprightly, and be attentive to God's Word.
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.
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.
s oldest and most prominent Latino clans, and another of the Fujiokas, a handsome, middle-class Japanese-American family, posed beside their house as uprightly as the adjacent deodar trees.
He wrote, "Blessed is the servant who has faith in the clergy who live uprightly according to the rite of the Roman Church.
C did have the potential to win Miss P's love and to become in the process a more steady, mature individual: "[w]ould he have persevered, and uprightly, Fanny must have been his reward--and a reward very voluntarily bestowed.
87) "Use uprightly the gifts of God": see Scholia in Eccl.