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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 1 year ago

How do you paraphrase "in terrified attention" in the text below?

The Germans broke down their doors: ‘Behind them, stony and stiff as the most frighteningly surrealistic of family portraits, their residents stood in terrified attention.

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    1 year ago
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    It means they were standing up straight, with their feet together pointing forward, and their hands by their side; and they were very scared.

    When soldiers stand facing their superior officers, ready to listen and obey, that is called standing to attention.

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