snap to attention

idiom

: to move quickly to a position of standing silently with the body stiff and straight, the feet together, and both arms at the sides
The soldier snapped to attention.
sometimes used figuratively
The children snapped to attention and got quiet when the teacher clapped his hands.

Examples of snap to attention in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because of this narrative, my body would only snap to attention in relationships when there was a lot of toxic behaviour and arguing — everything else presented to me as boring or even unattractive. Moraya Seeger Degeare, Lmft, refinery29.com, 25 May 2023 Because of this narrative, my body would only snap to attention in relationships when there was a lot of toxic behaviour and arguing — everything else presented to me as boring or even unattractive. Moraya Seeger Degeare, Lmft, refinery29.com, 25 May 2023 But the payoff is worth it, for us and presumably for Cassie, who waits until just the right moment — after the nice guy has plied her with more booze and slipped off her panties — to snap to attention, fully conscious and fully sober. Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2023 Chef Julian rules with an iron spatula, exercising military-grade rigor among his wholly devoted and perhaps slightly brainwashed squadron of cooks, who snap to attention on command. Kyle Smith, WSJ, 17 Nov. 2022 Surely, if climate disasters get worse and more frequent, countries will snap to attention. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, 10 Jan. 2022 If St Germain’s original sometimes feels too gentle, dangerously close to background music, Osunlade’s version ensures listeners snap to attention by bringing percussion to the foreground — a relentless kick-splat pattern — along with a handsome chime on piano that brightens the melody. Elias Leight, Rolling Stone, 22 June 2021 See More

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“Snap to attention.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snap%20to%20attention. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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