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  • n. A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • n. One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of two vertical pieces at the rear end of a dog-sledge.


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  • Vieira de Mello personifies Power's concept of an upstander, someone who doesn't simply stand by when injustices occur.

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  • Our hero (Donald Sutherland) was a naive go-along guy who finally realized he had to be an upstander instead of a bystander.

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  • They educated themselves about the roles of bully, victim, bystander, and upstander -- someone who takes a positive stand on behalf of others.

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  • It sees itself, such as it is, the it, as something that will create the impression that there will be political cost, there will be a political price to be paid, for allowing genocide, for not having an heroic imagination, for not being an upstander but for being, in fact, a bystander.

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  • POWER: Henry Morgenthau Sr. is my first -- what I've come to call "upstander."

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  • "Annadoah, Annadoah," he moaned softly, supporting himself on the upstander of his loaded sled.

    The Eternal Maiden

  • With quick presence of mind, Ootah grasped the rear upstander of the sled, which had begun to slide to and fro, and planted his harpoon in the ice.

    The Eternal Maiden

  • A chill dampness rising from the gaping abysses that sundered the ice field told them of their danger; then Ootah's heart chilled, his teeth were set chattering; but he thought of Annadoah and the grim need of food, and he gripped the upstander of his sled more determinedly.

    The Eternal Maiden

  • With one hand each clung to the rough icy projections of the slope; with the other they held the rear upstander of their sleds to prevent them from sliding, with their precious loads of meat, down the mountainside.

    The Eternal Maiden

  • Following the trail made by Captain Bartlett, we pushed off, every man at the upstander of his sledge to urge his team by whip and voice.

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    Will summon the famed Alexander.

    The nights are so few

    Why risk someone new

    When Alex is such an upstander?

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  • Stout Ernest is quite the upstander

    And will not dissemble or pander.

    Though shock it elicit

    No word is illicit -

    He'll list it with unflinching candor.

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