I have asked one of my Manager, how is your health(As he was sick).

He replied almost perpendicular.

So what he wanted to say actually I didn't get. Can anyone tell meaning of this phrase? Thank you.

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    He’s getting better. He’s almost out of bed (where you lie flat, supine, parallel to the ground). He’s feeling well enough to stand up straight (perpendicular to the ground), walk around, do normal stuff.
    – Dan Bron
    Aug 27, 2019 at 12:53

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It is a joke. If you are healthy then you can stand upright and perpendicular to the ground. So being "perpendicular" means (in this context) being in good health. But this is a deliberately odd way to say it. The idea of measuring health as an angle is quite ridiculous.

So this is a light-hearted way of saying "I'm nearly fully recovered, thank you", but with some office humour.

It is not a common or standard expression, and can only be understood in context.

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