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come alive

1.
Also, come to life.
2.
Become vigorous or lively. For example, It took some fast rhythms to make the dancers come alive, or As soon as he mentioned ice cream, the children came to life. The adjective alive has been used in the sense of “vivacious” since the 1700s. Also, the variant originally (late 1600s) meant “to recover from a faint or apparent death.” [ ; first half of 1900s ]
3.
Appear real or believable, as in It's really hard to make this prose come to life . Also see look alive
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  • I knew it was in you, all the time--if only you could come alive.

    The Eyes of the World Harold Bell Wright
  • We've got to come alive and forget these ideas and get down to brass tacks.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • The screen was a surrealist painting, come alive, solid and real.

    Shock Treatment Stanley Mullen
  • If he did come alive and free, their game would probably be up.

    Sophy of Kravonia Anthony Hope
  • One may as well take advantage of the accident which has brought our family affairs before the world to come alive again.

    Salem Chapel, v. 2/2 Mrs. Oliphant
  • But, O King, how had you been the better off, if he had come alive?

  • It's moonlight, and you're a statue, and you've just come alive with all the other statues.

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