alive and well


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alive and well

1. Alive, especially after having been in danger or thought to be in danger. The search party was overjoyed to find all of the stranded hikers alive and well after enduring the cold for eight days.
2. Active and healthy. I knew Jane's dad was very sick, so I'm thrilled to hear that he's alive and well.
3. Of a concept or practice, flourishing despite a perception of decline elsewhere. I'm glad to see chivalry is alive and well—thank you for holding the door for me. Electronic music is huge now, but guitar-driven rock is still alive and well.
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alive and well

still existing or active (often used to deny rumours or beliefs that something has disappeared or declined).
1990 Times Thatcherism may be dying on its feet in Britain, but it is alive and well in foreign parts.
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