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
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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"
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Translations

w>straighten up

visich aufrichten
vt sep
(= make straight)gerade machen; papersordentlich hinlegen; picturegerade hinhängen; hatgerade aufsetzen; linesbegradigen; to straighten oneself upsich aufrichten
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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.
It was a poignant moment that similarly happened in Game 2, where Prince tried to straighten up his younger brother Ricci, who picked up his fourth foul early but later recovered in the second half to help the Green Archers force a decider.
And, when you're leaning over your bathroom sink to shave, you should rely on your core to hold you in place and then straighten up. Otherwise, if you use only the muscles of your lower back, you might be setting yourself up for a back injury.