bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

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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.
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