straighten up


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straighten up

vb (adverb)
1. to become or cause to become erect
2. chiefly US to reform or become reformed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.straighten up - straighten oneself; "He drew himself up when he talked to his superior"
straighten - get up from a sitting or slouching position; "The students straightened when the teacher entered"
Translations

w>straighten up

visich aufrichten
vt sep
(= make straight)gerade machen; papersordentlich hinlegen; picturegerade hinhängen; hatgerade aufsetzen; linesbegradigen; to straighten oneself upsich aufrichten
References in classic literature ?
Cecily, set those pots in the pantry quick--hide those boots, Felix--shut the cupboard door, Peter--Sara, straighten up the lounge.
Stiffen up and straighten up with an effort of will-power--will-power's the idea, gameness, and all that, and kiss your hands to the audience and make a weak, pitiful sort of a smile, as though your heart's been pulled 'most out of you and you'll have to go to the hospital, but for right then that you're game an' smiling and kissing your hands to the audience that's riping the seats up and loving you.
I live for nothing, and I straighten up the accent of the prettiest English lips.