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  • v. To stare or stand erect or on end; be erect or conspicuous; bristle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To stare or stand upward; hence, to be uplifted or conspicuous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To stare or stand on end; be erect or conspicuous; bristle.

Etymologies

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From up- +‎ stare.

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  • I have no people living ; none, Thank God ! will mourn me there,

    Dreaming in misery of one Whose clouded eyes upstare

    --Collected poems of Alexander G. Steven

    December 4, 2011