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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).
See also: bolt, upright

bolt ˈupright

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

bolt upright

In a rigidly vertical position: sat bolt upright.
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A resurgence of the personal character trait of uprightness is the profession's sole hope of restoring a reputation for integrity.
The commandments include admonitions to "courtesy, uprightness, and prudence," and an exhortation that "cars shall not be for you an expression of power and domination, and an occasion of sin.
He is reported to have said: "A player who wants to be the best one of the world, and he already may be, should have the uprightness and the sufficient maturity to verify that against facts there are not arguments.
Anselm defines free will as "the ability to keep uprightness of will for the sake of uprightness itself" rather than as the ability to sin or not sin.
First there is the difference between two types of justice, which correspond to two different words in Hebrew (tsedeq and mishpat): the justice of salvation (iustitia Dei) and the justice of punishment or judgement (iudicium), the first corresponding to providential will designed for the good of the faithful in the scope of the Alliance, the second aimed at the application of the principles of uprightness and equity.
His view of human nature grows, presumably, through the rodeo clown's improbable struggle for uprightness and a Christian life.
Reverend Knox was a Princeton-educated Scot, who, in the Princetonian Presbyterian tradition, strove to inculcate Hamilton with three indispensable virtues: moral uprightness, individual responsibility, and intellectual fervor.
It is nothing extraordinary, then, when his servants disguise themselves as the servants of uprightness.
At the time, the Sydney Daily Telegraph wrote that Bishop Torreggiani 'succeeded in establishing general confidence and esteem by his gracious and kindly manner to persons of all classes, and by his frankness, generosity, and thorough uprightness in all things relating to the church'.
whose actions and energy were equalled only by the clarity of his vision and the uprightness of his approach'.
In the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present here, offering themselves joyfully to you.
The characters themselves are aware of the morass into which they find themselves because of their lack of morality and their refusal to follow the bright example of Prince Lazar and his uprightness.
He rose through service to Henry II and his sons, his military valour and his uprightness.
In the main role, Otto (whose sunny face appears in the next two "Lord of the Rings" pics) goes from tyrannical moral uprightness to selfless maternal devotion with irritating speed.
Corcoran has made in the furtherance of the high ideals of the profession of real estate appraising and practices and mindful of the fact that this contribution was possible only through the zeal, uprightness, sacrifice, devotion, acumen and ability of the contributor.