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    #1

    the meaning of straighten one's shoulders

    Dear all,

    "...Then the guard straightend his shoulders, took a deep breath, and blushed..."

    In the sentence above, what does "straighten one's shoulders"?

    Is this different from "to straighten one's spine" or "to straighten onself"?

    Thank you!

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    Re: the meaning of straighten one's shoulders

    I think it means he pushed his shoulders back, adopting a more formal position from a more relaxed one.

    PS straightened

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