rise and shine

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rise and shine

An expression used when waking someone up, as in It's past seven, childrenrise and shine! Originating as a military order in the late 1800s, shine here means "act lively, do well."

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