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[brahyt-ahyd] /ˈbraɪtˌaɪd/
having bright eyes.
alertly eager.
bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, alertly eager; full of energy and enthusiasm:
Get a good night's sleep so you'll be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the morning.
Origin of bright-eyed
1585-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Those volunteers are recruited from the ranks of bright-eyed, fresh-faced campaign workers.
  • The dancers hug each other, all bright-eyed and happy, and the crowd dissipates into the desert.
  • Suppose he woke up as a bright-eyed graduate student in economics rather than a wizened professor.
  • bright-eyed bankers peddle ideas for other combinations.
  • Even bright-eyed donors worry in private that the president is centralising power that could, one day, be misused.
  • The gentry who are after me are pretty bright-eyed citizens.
  • That's right, year after year you've turned our bright-eyed tots into slack-jawed, gun-toting illiterates.
  • She had stopped at the fish stand, and was staring bright-eyed at the pale fillets.
  • When freshly scooped from the sea, anchovies are bright-eyed silver darts that resemble small sardines.
  • Staff members maintain an energetic and bright-eyed commitment to their goals.
British Dictionary definitions for bright-eyed


eager; fresh and enthusiastic
(informal) bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, keen, confident, and alert
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