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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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Pinch out growing tips of wallflowers to encourage plant bushiness.
This is a big step in continuing our bushiness model roll-out for 2007.
Water courses have been fenced off, livestock numbers cut and hedgerows regularly re-laid by hand to retain bushiness.
Pinch out the lead shoot and subsequently keep trimming side- shoots for bushiness.
If young plants are leggy, pinch off new growth to encourage bushiness.
Moving them around encourages bushiness and maximum flower spikes.
With regional offices in 18 strategic locations around the world, Steele's solutions respond to the complexity of doing bushiness in today's fluid, outsourced marketplace.
Bushiness When they go on to produce a first leaf, they'll need their own individual 3in pot.
Buying it is always the same, a mess of arguments about height, bushiness, and that all-important symmetry, quickly cut short by the mud, the bitter cold, and the realisation that we're standing in a draughty tent at the edge of a miniature forest, when we could be inside with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.
They are planted much less densely to promote bushiness.
When the plants reach around 20cm high, pinch out the growing tips to encourage bushiness.
When the plants reach around 20 cm high,pinch out the growing tips to encourage bushiness.
CUT the spent blooms off snapdragons to encourage more flowers and bushiness.
Pinch plants for bushiness and keep flowers constantly picked off.
If any are looking a little leggy, pinch out the tips to encourage bushiness.