The closest definition I got was from here

However, there it implies more like 'swiftly stand up from bed and go do stuff'. In my context, I'm looking more for "being in laying position, then suddenly lift upper body, while remaining in bed, changing themselves to sitting position"

Is example from above applicable for my case? Or is there another word/phrase for it?


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I would suggest bolt upright

From the Oxford Living Dictionaries:

bolt upright


With the back very straight.

‘she sat bolt upright in bed’

The Free Dictionary gives a definition and example closer to what you're looking for:

bolt upright

  1. verb To suddenly sit or stand up from a reclining position.

    I bolted upright in bed when the phone rang in the middle of the night.

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    Funny, I've done a search of this, in all places but one it's defined as being adverbial/adjectival. One exception is the from the link you provided, the Farlex Dictionary of Idioms, which lists it as verbal also. There's also a question about this expression on this site: english.stackexchange.com/questions/299092/… .
    – Zebrafish
    Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 18:23

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