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English definition of “draw yourself up”

draw yourself up

verb uk phrasal verb with draw   /drɔː/ us    /drɑː/ (drew, drawn)
to make yourself look bigger by standing straight with your shoulders back, usually to try to seem more important: Like a lot of short men, he tends to draw himself up to his full height in public.
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