And he sat up and said, ‘I didn’t come to Denver to not give my speech.
But mostly he sat up straight, staring ahead as three Arapahoe County sheriffs deputies monitored him closely.
Into the wee hours at Downing Street she sat up with them working, drinking whisky, and laughing at raunchy jokes.
Everett then sat up in his chair, and responded, "If you call me Chris to my face one more time, we better take a station break."
Inside the wax floored examining room, I sat up on the powder blue table with my shirt off.
The girls retired to bed; but Mrs. Chetwynd sat up late, wishing much that she had Mrs. Acheson to consult with.
The Little Doctor stopped the hammock with her toe and sat up.
She sat up in bed and the faint colour on her cheeks deepened and spread like a rosy dawn.
Then he sat up suddenly, drawing up his knees, and clasping his legs.
Inspector Dunbar sat up very straight, his brows drawn down over the tawny eyes.
Old English sittan "to occupy a seat, be seated, sit down, seat oneself; remain, continue; settle, encamp, occupy; lie in wait; besiege" (class V strong verb; past tense sæt, past participle seten), from Proto-Germanic *setjan (cf. Old Saxon sittian, Old Norse sitja, Danish sidde, Old Frisian sitta, Middle Dutch sitten, Dutch zitten, Old High German sizzan, German sitzen, Gothic sitan), from PIE root *sed- (1) "to sit" (see sedentary).
With past tense sat, formerly also set, now restricted to dialect, and sate, now archaic; and past participle sat, formerly sitten. In reference to a legislative assembly, from 1510s. Meaning "to baby-sit" is recorded from 1966.
To sit back "be inactive" is from 1943. To sit on one's hands was originally "to withhold applause" (1926); later, "to do nothing" (1959). To sit around "be idle, do nothing" is 1915, American English. To sit out "not take part" is from 1650s. Sitting pretty is from 1916.