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    marenparn is offline Junior Member
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    Default Snap to attention

    How could you rephrase or explain the idiom 'snap to attention'. Does it mean 'to become alert'?

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    Default Re: Snap to attention

    Originally it referred to a position a soldier adopted: http://images.jupiterimages.com/comm...8/23057830.jpg . It's still used that way in a military context 'Stand at attention when you're addressing a senior officer'.

    To snap to attention meant to move to that position quickly. But now your guess is right - to become attentive, and to show that you are.

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