a live one


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a live one

1. A person who lives a wild, carefree, or spendthrift life. I hear Tommy's dating a real live one these days. Mike always struck me as a bit of a live one, so I'm not surprised he spent the weekend in Vegas—and can't remember it. Nah, I don't want to settle down and start a family—I'm a live one and proud of it!
2. A person targeted to be the victim of a scam or to be made a dupe by others. Don't go wandering wide-eyed in this part of town—crooks around here can spot a live one a mile away. She's 86 years old, so I'm worried that, if she goes by herself, some ne'er-do-well will see her and take her for a live one. You gave Rich $3,000 no questions asked? Boy, he must have known he had a live one when he got ahold of you.
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