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perk up (one's/someone's) ears

1. Of oneself, to become more or particularly alert, intrigued, or enthusiastic. I perked up my ears when I heard that my favorite author had a new book coming out.
2. Of someone else, to cause him or her to become so. I bet I know something that will perk up your ears: Rob is single again!
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perk someone up

to make someone more cheery or refreshed. A nice cup of coffee would really perk me up. A cup of coffee will perk up the sleepiest person.
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perk something up

to refresh or brighten something; to make something more lively. A bit of bright yellow here and there will perk this room up a lot. We need something to perk up the second act of the play.
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perk up

to become invigorated; to become more active. After a bit of water, the plants perked up nicely. About noon, Andy perked up and looked wide-awake.
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perk up something

also perk something up
to make something more interesting or active Chopped prunes can really perk up a fruit salad. It's a pretty dull movie, though the supporting actors perk things up a little.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form perk up your ears (to cause you to become interested): A new book about using the Internet might not exactly perk up your ears.
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perk up (somebody)

also perk somebody up
to make someone more active and interested It was a clear summer day, and Nancy looked like she was beginning to perk up. His stay with Aunt Podie soon perked him up.
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perk up

Restore to good spirits, liveliness, or good appearance, as in You're exhausted, but a cup of tea will perk you up, or The flowers perked up the whole room. [Mid-1600s]
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perk up

1. To become more lively, cheerful, or attentive: We perked up when we heard the good news. The students perked up when the professor began the lecture.
2. To cause someone or something to become more lively, cheerful, or attentive: The morning coffee really perked me up! I perked up the kitten by feeding it catnip.
3. To refresh the appearance of something: New furniture and paint have perked up the room. Washing the windows has really perked the kitchen up.
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n. an extra financial benefit; a monetary inducement or reward. (see also benies.) I don’t get paid much, but the perks are good.

perked (up)

mod. alcohol intoxicated. (see also pepped (up).) No more. She’s done. She’s perked up for good.
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mod. drunk; drug intoxicated. After a few drinks, he was really perking!
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Auditors observed that during 2011-12, an amount of Rs 2,491,925 had been incurred on Audit is of the view that the management allowed mentioned perks and privileges to the Chairman BoM in violation of M/o P&NR instructions which is treated as irregular and unjustified.
Perks, of Lodge Crescent, Netherton, Dudley admitted dangerous driving and he was given a 12 month jail term, suspended for 18 months.
I saw how he reacted to things and I was able to use that to my advantage,' said Perks.
Perkbox is an online platform for startups and SMEs, which gives employers and employees a range of great perks - from discounted gym memberships and 2-for-1 meals to exclusive deals on tech brands and savings on childcare.
BMO Perks simplifies and enhances our customers' shopping experience and rewards, providing personalised offers to help customers get the most out of their purchases,' said Ernie Johannson, head, personal banking and North American Retail Payments, BMO Financial Group.
I think most reasonable people would agree non-cash perks can, in theory, pose ethical challenges at times.
Offering a diverse set of services from traditional advertising such as print, radio and TV to digital advertising, content marketing, market research and event planning, The Perks Agency is a unique addition to the roster of agencies in Blacksburg and Roanoke.
Fortunately he, too, walked away unscathed, and the race was awarded as a 3-3 with Perks disquali ed, leaving the Storm within the six-point margin required for the league point they merited.
Farhatullah Babar, in his resolution, has demanded to take appropriate measures to make rules and laws to implement the order of the Islamabad High Court for the return of additional perks and privileges from former Chief Justice.
Two Labour politicians called on Perks to cut the smut from his Twitter page, but the would-be MP claimed he had done nothing wrong.
MIDLAND UKIP candidate Dean Perks has been given a dressing down by party chiefs for saying that thieves should have their hands cut off.
Dean Perks, who will contest the Halesowen and Rowley Regis seat at the general election, told supporters at a rally that thieves should have their hands cut off.
Earlier, former Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza said that media was wrongly portraying that she, as Speaker National Assembly, had availed perks and privileges for herself.
Perks thinks of itself as a technology company that just happens to be in the incentives business.
With the stress tests expected to reveal the banks might need EUR25billion to dig them out of the hole they dug for themselves, these perks are even more sickening.