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be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

To be energetic and enthusiastic. After that nap, I am bright-eyed and bushy-tailed! As usual, the new interns are bright-eyed and bushy-tailed—just watching them is exhausting.
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bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

Energetic and enthusiastic. After that nap, I am bright-eyed and bushy-tailed! As usual, the new interns are bright-eyed and bushy-tailed—just watching them is exhausting.
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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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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

If someone is bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, they are healthy and full of energy. But for now, go and sleep awhile. I need you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed tomorrow. This will be a busy year, so you need to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed to cope. Note: The comparison in this expression is to a squirrel.
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bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

alert and lively; eager. informal
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ˌbright-eyed and ˌbushy-ˈtailed

(informal) lively and cheerful; pleased and proud: She came in to see me, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, and announced she was leaving the next day.
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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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10 The portrait of which scientist is replacing Charles Dickens on new pounds 10 notes because his bushier beard is harder for forgers to copy?
If you nip out the top of the main shoot just above the third set of leaves - either using your nails or with a sharp pair of scissors - this should persuade the plants to make side growth and they should become much bushier by the time you come to plant them out.
If you were thinking ahead and sowed them in autumn, pinch out tips to encourage bushier growth.
PINCH out the shoot tips on bedding plants to encourage bushier growth.
Cutting back less severely, say, halving the length of the current branches will produce shorter stems with a bushier look.
They grow more densely than leaves on the standard jade plant, giving a bushier effect.
8m (6ft) tall or you can grow smaller, bushier varieties in containers to perk up your patio.
Instead, clip or trim the bushes now (except the ones which have flower buds already) so that they can become even bushier and you may have the delight of seeing our chirpy friends raise a family in your own garden.
Regular trimming will result in a denser, bushier plant but some varieties are naturally taller than others, so to some extent the results will depend on that as well as your pruning technique.
THE Nordmann fir has now started to outsell the Norway spruce as the nation's favourite Christmas tree, as it is bushier and its long green needles should remain on the tree over the festive period.
Or keep old plants compact and bushier by pinching or pruning back branch tips.
A mass of new shoots will regrow and eventually lead to a bushier, better-shaped shrub.
They are usually bigger and bushier, and grow faster in the first year.
A bushier plant which would suit a wall crevice is T.
These trees don't drop their needles and are bushier than the Nordmann.