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bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

Fig. awake and alert. (Often used ironically, as in the first example. The idea is that one is like a frisky animal, such as a squirrel.) Jill: Hi, Jane! How are you on this beautiful morning? Jane: Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, just as you might expect, since I've only had three hours of sleep. Despite the early hour, Dennis was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
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be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

to be full of energy and eager to do things She was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed the next morning, despite having been up half the night.
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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]
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bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

mod. alert and ready to do something; as alert and as active as a squirrel. You look all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed this morning.
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I just love listening to the Bushies play with numbers.
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So he asked the bushies who came from far to visit the town last week, If they'd dine with him, and they said 'Hurrah
com, "The general modus operandi of the Bushies is that they don't make policies to deal with problems.
The Bushies don't want to mend it, they want to end it--and they are quite up-front about it.
Instead of leading America to an exciting new reality, the Bushies cocoon in a scary, paranoid, regressive reality.
Vice President Cheney, whose daughter is an out lesbian, took a stand in his 2000 debate with Joseph Lieberman that encouraged some to hope that the Bushies would chill on this issue, saying: "The fact of the matter is we live in a free society, and freedom means freedom for everybody.
The first Bushies were typically cautious--we can read Kissinger, we can read Scowcroft, we get the idea--and gun shy about such things and skeptical of such visions--remember the "vision" problem.
However, Thomas Friedman of the NYT wrote a few days earlier saying: "The Bushies seem much more adept at breaking thinks than building things.
Their backers in Iran are not exactly on side with the Bushies either, not since they were lumped into the axis of evil.
She did this as president of the Victorian National Parks Association lobbying for national parks, as a mother setting up baby-sitting groups in country Victoria, as a bushwalker raising funds to persuade Melbourne Bushies to buy a historic hut on the Bogong High Plains, as a regular volunteer in the ACF membership department, or simply as a friend who demanded solicitors and cups of tea for arrested colleagues, ever so nicely of course, thank you officer.
attorneys, 80 to 85 percent, I would guess, are doing a great job, are loyal Bushies," et cetera.