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animal spirits

noun
1.
exuberance arising from an excess of energy; vivacity and good humor:
The children romped on the lawn, full of animal spirits.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45
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British Dictionary definitions for animal spirits

animal spirits

plural noun
1.
cheerful and exuberant boisterousness
Word Origin
originally, referring to a vital force believed to be dispatched throughout the body by the brain
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