live wire

noun Informal.
an energetic, keenly alert person.

1900–05, Americanism Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
live wire (laɪv)
1.  informal an energetic or enterprising person
2.  a wire carrying an electric current

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(live) wire definition

  1. n.
    an energetic and vivacious person. : With a wire like Taylor in charge, things will get done, that's for sure.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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