bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

bright-eyed

[brahyt-ahyd]
adjective
1.
having bright eyes.
2.
alertly eager.
Idioms
3.
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:
1585–95

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bright-eyed
 
adj
1.  eager; fresh and enthusiastic
2.  informal bright-eyed and bushy-tailed keen, confident, and alert

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bright-eyed and bushy-tailed definition


  1. mod.
    alert and ready to do something; as alert and as active as a squirrel. : You look all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed this morning.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Idioms & Phrases

bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

Eager and alert, as in Here is my new kindergarten class, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. The allusion here is to the appearance of a squirrel, which with its beady eyes and bushy tail looks ready for anything. [1930s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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