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come to life

1. Literally, to become reanimated, as of a person or animal that has died. In this usage, "back" is often used between "come" and "to." The patient did die on the table, but she came back to life once we used the defibrillator.
2. By extension, to become energized, especially after a period of inactivity or lethargy. A: "OK, schedule Tuesday's meeting, get John on the phone, and then come in my office so we can all discuss that big project." B: "Wow, you really came to life after that cup of coffee!" This team came out sleepwalking, but they've come to life in the second half.
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come to life

 
1. Lit. to act as if alive after a period of seeming not to be alive. As the anesthetic wore off, the patient came to life. After CPR, the child came to life.
2. Fig. to become vigorous or lively. About midnight, the party really came to life. The actors didn't come to life until the middle of the second act.
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come to life

To become animated; grow excited.
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