stand on end
stand on end (third-person singular simple present stands on end, present participle standing on end, simple past and past participle stood on end)
- (of hair) To stand erect, bristle, especially from fear.
- The horrifying tales he told made my hair stand on end.
- (of an object) To place on its end.
- 1961 February, R. K. Evans, “The role of research on British Railways”, in Trains Illustrated, page 93:
- At one time a "standard test" for carriage riding was to stand a pencil on end on the compartment floor, or to measure how long it was possible to stand on one leg without touching the corridor walls; [...].
to stand erect, bristle, especially from fear