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In a standing position

erect

adjective

in a straight upright position

knee-deep

adjective

standing in something that reaches your knees

spreadeagled

adjective, adverb

standing or lying with your arms and legs spread apart

standing

adjective

done from a position in which you are standing on both feet

upright

adverb

sitting or standing with a straight back

upright

adverb

in or into a straight standing position

on tiptoe(s)

with only your toes on the ground

on your feet

standing

(with) arms akimbo

with your hands on your hips and your elbows sticking out

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

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