look alive

look alive

Act lively, hurry up, as in Look alive! This job has to be finished today. This phrase, often used as an imperative, today is more common in Britain than in America. [Mid-1800s]
See also: alive, look
References in classic literature ?
You won't do any good as a chartered accountant unless you look alive.
Now then, you devil's puppet, look alive and hunt for it
Tell young gent to look alive," says guard, opening the hind- boot and shooting in the parcels after examining them by the lamps.
Look alive, Gentleman," I says, "and think out some plan, or we might as well be padding the hoof now.
I've got to be back on the first of June--" the voice broke into a joyful conscious laugh--"so we must look alive.
I love attending to small details, playing with the colour tones and placing several layers on my canvas to make it look alive.
The figures in his photographs are not made to look alive.
Every time the ball moves you should be moving, if you are standing still you should be on your toes, you look alive.
With these kinds of arrangements, "the family literally suffers less, because they see their loved one in a way that would have made them happy -- they see them in a way in which they still look alive.
the show asks in the introduction to Harry look alive who actually is a guy from a poor background and cleans oil spills.
The Serb had to look alive to foil Dominguez again two minutes later, this time putting in a last-ditch tackle after the Olympiakos star's superb run into the box.
But the make-up truck is the best place to be on set because you have a cup of tea and porridge, and you just sit there while someone does your hair and makes you look alive.
Adding different types of greenery will make it look alive, sunny and habitable.
Set amid rolling green mountains, 143 miles north of the original (which now stands as a part of the Boston African-American National Historic Site), the bronze figures look alive, making it easy to see why the site is often considered a living memorial.