upstanding


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.

upstanding

be upstanding
a. (in a court of law) a direction to all persons present to rise to their feet before the judge enters or leaves the court
b. (at a formal dinner) a direction to all persons present to rise to their feet for a toast
References in classic literature ?
Jerry quivered at first, and in the matter of a minute struggled feebly to his feet where he stood swaying and dizzy; and thus Bashti, his eye to the crack, saw the miracle of life flow back through the channels of the inert body and stiffen the legs to upstanding, and saw consciousness, the mystery of mysteries, flood back inside the head of bone that was covered with hair, smoulder and glow in the opening eyes, and direct the lips to writhe away from the teeth and the throat to vibrate to the snarl that had been interrupted when the stick smashed him down into darkness.
They sledded seventy miles up the Yukon, swung to the left into the Stewart River, passed the Mayo and the McQuestion, and held on until the Stewart itself became a streamlet, threading the upstanding peaks which marked the backbone of the continent.
On the back were huge, upstanding veins, eloquent of age and toil.
'When it was trade unionists picketing to save their jobs and their livelihoods they were not portrayed as fine, upstanding citizens but condemned as criminals.'
Lawyers for the European Commission will no doubt remind the Government about the upstanding individual who was running this country when the deal with Apple was done in 1991.
The honesty and consideration that was shown to me by this kind man is, I hope, proof to others that our community is still full of helpful and upstanding individuals, ready to do a good deed and to remind us that the world is a good place after all.
"I' mtotally innocent and a fine upstanding, decent, moral human being," claims Jonathan, who h a s grand plans to stage a musical and write a book.
What was this upstanding grandee of the municipality doing honouring us with his presence?
He is a proud and upstanding member of the community, and most of all the best father a child could have ever wished for.
A far cry from the original definition of a caring friend or upstanding citizen.
FBI spokesman Bob Doguim told BBC Radio 5 Live it could take a further "couple of days" to establish if father-of-three Mr Bond - described as an upstanding member of his community and an active member of charitable organisations - was the wanted man.
No upstanding member of a club board in this country would dream of siphoning payments through an affiliated club or through the players' wives and girlfriends.