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He was sitting on the floor with his back against the wall. ...He rolled to his feet like a snake raising its head on its body to strike.

It's a quote from the book. I suppose it means the same as "stood up" . Is that correct or does it differ somehow?

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    The end result is that he’s standing. Yes. But I am having a hard time picturing how it could happen as described. – Jim Jun 30 '20 at 4:54
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    I shouldn't think it's meant to be taken as a literal descrip[tion, more a suggestion that he's dangerous and is ready – A Rogue Ant. Jun 30 '20 at 5:07
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    If you're sitting on the floor with your legs in front of you and knees bent you can kind of "roll" your whole body forward and up at the same time, as compared to standing straight up without forward movement by first moving your feet under you. But I don't think it makes sense to describe the action as both "rolling" and "like a snake raising its head", the two don't go together. – nnnnnn Jun 30 '20 at 5:27
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    Tweedle-dum/dee could probably do it. He reared up would be more plausible though. Maybe that's what he/she meant. – Old Brixtonian Jun 30 '20 at 6:59
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    Maybe it means that he sort of slithered to his feet, since a snake is evoked. – Isabel Archer Jun 30 '20 at 8:17

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