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alive and kicking

Active and healthy. A: "How are you doing after your surgery?" B: "I'm alive and kicking!" I thought for sure that old dog wouldn't survive the winter, but he's still alive and kicking!
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alive and kicking

 and alive and well
Fig. well and healthy. Jane: How is Bill since his illness last month? Mary: Oh; he's alive and kicking. The last time I saw Tom, he was alive and well.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

alive and kicking

Also, alive and well. Alive and alert; living and healthy. For example, John's completely recovered; he's alive and kicking, or You're quite mistaken; our lawyer is alive and well. The first expression, sometimes shortened to live and kicking, originally was used by fishmongers hawking their wares to convince customers of their freshness and has been considered a cliché since about 1850. The variant originated in the 1960s as a denial of someone's reported death.
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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.

alive and kicking

COMMON If someone or something is alive and kicking, they are still active or still exist. I'm alive and kicking and still going strong. Romance is still alive and kicking for a couple who will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this week.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

alive and kicking

prevalent and very active. informal
1991 Mark Tully No Full Stops in India You deliberately choose unknown actors, although India is a country where the star system is very much alive and kicking.
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aˌlive and ˈkicking

(informal) still existing and strong or active: The old prejudices were still very much alive and kicking.
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alive (live) and kicking (well)

Very much alive and alert; still surviving. The term originated with fishmongers who thus described their wares, meaning that they were extremely fresh. By the mid-nineteenth century it was considered a cliché. A more recent version is alive and well, which originated as a denial to a false report of someone’s death. It was given a boost by the French singer Jacques Brel, whose show and recording, translated as Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, became immensely popular in the 1970s.
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