I wanted that part of my face to look alive, look worried, and have some emotion in it.
It would feature evergreens, because they look alive when everything else seems to have died.
look alive theer, Ge-arge, ain't ye done squintin' at 'un yet?
The thing for you to do is to keep your eyes peeled and look alive.
Instead of coming up and being dead, let's come out and look alive.
Isaac, get me my hat—any hat or cap, anything you can find—only look alive.
"look alive, you two slackers," shouted Roy, from the far corner of the road.
If you are to do any good here, you know, we shall have to look alive.
look alive there and rig out the davits, and send some hands into the cutter to stow the anchor properly when we lower it down!
"look alive, then," said Dick; and he forthwith took from beneath his gabardine several small parcels done up in brown paper.
c.1200, from Old English on life "in living." The fuller form on live was still current 17c. Alive and kicking "alert, vigorous," attested from 1859; "The allusion is to a child in the womb after quickening" [Farmer]. Used emphatically, especially with man; e.g.:
[A]bout a thousand gentlemen having bought his almanacks for this year, merely to find what he said against me, at every line they read they would lift up their eyes, and cry out betwixt rage and laughter, "they were sure no man alive ever writ such damned stuff as this." [Jonathan Swift, Bickerstaff's Vindication, 1709]Thus abstracted as an expletive, man alive! (1845).