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up and about

Moving around, especially after a period of injury, illness, or inactivity. After months in a cast, I'm finally up and about again, thank goodness! The surgery went very well, and the doctor is optimistic that she'll be up and about soon. We're all thrilled to be up and about after seven hours on a bus!
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*(up and) about

 and *up and around
out of bed and moving about. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) I'm up and about, but I'm not really wellyet. The flu put Alice into bed for three days, but she was up and around on the fourth.

something about someone or something

something alluring or curious about someone or something. There is something about Jane. I just can't figure her out. I love Mexican food. There's just something about it.

about someone or something

Inf. not to care at all about someone or something. I don't care two hoots about whether you go to the picnic or not. She doesn't give a hoot about me. Why should I care? I don't give a hang about it.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

up and about

Also, up and around; up and doing. Active again, especially after an illness or rest, as in They had her up and about just one day after surgery, or I'm so glad you're up and around; we need your help, or It's time to be up and doing. [Early 1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

up and about (or doing)

having risen from bed; active.
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up and aˈbout

(British English) out of bed after being ill/sick or sleeping: She was off work for a week, but she’s up and about again now.On a Saturday he’s not up and about till about eleven o’clock.
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up and about/doing

Resuming activity, especially after a rest or an illness. These terms seem to be American in origin. One appears as an exhortation in the tireless Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanack (1755): “The Day is short, the Work great, the Workman lazy, the Wages high, the Master urgeth; Up, then, and be doing.”
See also: and, up
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