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alive to (something)

Alert to, cognizant of, or having familiarity with something. Trust me, I'm alive to the concerns expressed by my constituents. You need to be alive to the dangers of drunk driving.
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be alive and kicking

To be 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 alive and kicking!
See also: alive, and, kick

be alive and well

1. To be alive, especially after having been in danger or thought to be in danger. The search party was overjoyed to find that all of the stranded hikers were alive and well after enduring the cold for eight days.
2. To be 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, to be 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.
See also: alive, and, well

be alive with

To be full of or covered with something. At night, the field is alive with fireflies. The court was alive with jubilant fans after the basketball team's big win.
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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 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.
See also: alive, and, well

alive with

Full of or covered with something. At night, the field came alive with fireflies. The court was alive with jubilant fans after the basketball team's big win.
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eat (one) alive

1. To bite one excessively, as of insects. If you're out here at dusk, the mosquitos will eat you alive.
2. To overwhelm and/or easily defeat one due to being more aggressive, powerful, etc. Our team isn't very good, and I'm worried that the competition at this level will eat us alive. Lena is so meek, I worry about her moving to the city. They're going to eat her alive.
3. To criticize one harshly. The teacher will eat you alive if you come in without your homework again today.
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skin (one) alive

To upbraid, scold, or punish someone severely and with intense anger. My parents will skin us alive if they find out we took the car without telling them. If I find out who messed up the Jefferson account, I'll skin him alive!
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bring (something) alive

To cause something to be engaging or entertaining. Those stories from the artist's closest friends really brought the documentary alive.
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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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alive with (people or things)

Fig. covered with, filled with, or active with people or creatures. Look! Ants everywhere. The floor is alive with ants!
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Land(s) sakes (alive)!

 and Sakes alive!
Rur. My goodness! (A mild oath.) Lands sakes! I sure am glad to get home! Sakes alive! Can't you even set the table without making a fuss?
See also: land

Look alive!

Act alert and responsive! "Come on, Fred! Get moving! Look alive!" shouted the coach, who was not happy with Fred's performance. Bill: Look alive, Bob! Bob: I'm doing the best I can.
See also: look

more dead than alive

Fig. exhausted; in very bad condition; near death. (Almost always an exaggeration.) We arrived at the top of the mountain more dead than alive. The marathon runners stumbled one by one over the finish line, more dead than alive.
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skin someone alive

Fig. to be very angry with someone; to scold someone severely. (Fig. on being angry enough to do this kind of bodily harm to someone.) I was so mad at Jane that I could have skinned her alive. If I don't get home on time, my parents will skin me alive.
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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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alive to

Aware of, conscious of, as in The social worker was alive to all of the mother's worries. [Mid-1700s]
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alive with

Teeming with, full of, as in After the annual stocking, the pond was alive with trout. [Late 1700s]
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come alive

Also, come to life.
1. Become vigorous or lively. For example, It took some fast rhythms to make the dancers come alive, or As soon as he mentioned ice cream, the children came to life. The adjective alive has been used in the sense of "vivacious" since the 1700s. Also, the variant originally (late 1600s) meant "to recover from a faint or apparent death." [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]
2. Appear real or believable, as in It's really hard to make this prose come to life. Also see look alive.
See also: alive, come

eat someone alive

Overwhelm or defeat someone thoroughly, make short work of someone. For example, Lacking experience in manufacturing, he was eaten alive by his competitors. This slangy hyperbole dates from the early 1900s. A newer slangy variant is eat someone's lunch, dating from the mid-1900s. For example, It was a decisive victory; he ate the incumbent's lunch.
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look alive

Act lively, hurry up, as in Look alive! This job has to be finished today. This phrase, often used as an imperative, today is more common in Britain than in America. [Mid-1800s]
See also: alive, look

more dead than alive

Exhausted, in poor condition, as in By the time I got off that mountain I was more dead than alive. This idiom may be used either hyperbolically or literally. [c. 1900]
See also: alive, dead, more

skin alive

Punish severely, as in If I find the guy who slashed my tire I'll skin him alive. This hyperbolic expression transfers the barbaric practice of flaying a live prisoner to other forms of punishment. [Colloquial mid-1800s]
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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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eat someone alive

1. If you say that someone or something will eat you alive, you mean that they will seriously harm or criticize you. If a president does not introduce new measures, he's going to be eaten alive by Wall Street. He was certain Sid would be eaten alive by the hardened criminals at the jail.
2. If something such as an illness or a problem is eating you alive, it is causing you great pain or distress. The pain ate him alive; the world was nothing but fire and pain. I know and she knows that the nursing home is the only solution. But it is eating me alive.
3. If you are eaten alive by insects, you are repeatedly bitten by them. We've been sleeping on the floor; we have no water. It's been easily 100, 125 degrees. We've been eaten alive by bugs. `Can we go out?' — `Outside? The mosquitoes will eat us alive.'
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skin someone alive

1. If someone is able to skin you alive, they are much stronger or more powerful than you and may harm you. They are fiercely competitive. If they can skin us alive in business, they will. Anyone who reads your finance pages will see that shareholders in some major banks have been skinned alive.
2. If someone threatens to skin you alive, they are threatening to punish you severely. Who let the dog out? You catch that animal, Ernie, or you'll get skinned alive.
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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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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.
See also: alive, and, well

eat someone alive

1 (of insects) bite someone many times. 2 exploit someone's weakness ruthlessly. informal
See also: alive, eat, someone

aˌlive and ˈkicking

(informal) still existing and strong or active: The old prejudices were still very much alive and kicking.
See also: alive, and, kick

bring something aˈlive

make something interesting: Maps and pictures bring the book alive.
See also: alive, bring, something

come aˈlive


1 (of a subject or an event) become interesting and exciting: The game came alive in the second half.
2 (of a place) become busy and full of activity: The city starts to come alive after dark.
3 (of a person) show interest in something and become excited about it: She came alive as she talked about her job.
See also: alive, come

eat somebody aˈlive

(informal)
1 (also have/eat somebody for ˈbreakfast) criticize or punish somebody severely because you are extremely angry with them
2 (also have/eat somebody for ˈbreakfast) defeat somebody completely in an argument, a competition, etc: The defence lawyers are going to eat you alive tomorrow.The union leader eats managers for breakfast!
3 (usually used in the passive) (of insects, etc.) bite somebody many times: I was being eaten alive by mosquitoes.
See also: alive, eat, somebody

skin somebody aˈlive

(used as a threat or warning) punish somebody very severely: Your mother would skin you alive if she knew you’d started smoking!
See also: alive, skin, somebody

Look alive!

exclam. Move faster!; Look and act alert! There’s work to be done! Look alive!
See also: look

alive to

Aware of; sensitive to: alive to the moods of others.
See also: alive

eat (someone) alive

Slang
To overwhelm or defeat thoroughly: an inexperienced manager who was eaten alive in a competitive corporate environment.
See also: alive, eat

man alive

An expression of surprise or pleasure. The phrase most likely arose as an alternative to something stronger, such as “Good lord!” which would have been acceptable to those people who objected to taking the deity's name in vain.
See also: alive, man
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This situation showed that students took into account the external appearances of the living things while reconstructing the aliveness concept as well as motion [16].
There is a feeling of great aliveness in our sessions, at times our spoken thoughts seem to fly back and forth, like a ball that we throw one to the other, or maybe it is more accurate to say like a balloon, that we pass back and forth almost gently, floatingly, as if in slow motion, we take our time, with developing the thoughts, that arise between us, and in so doing, I notice how in our thinking and feeling in the sessions it is like we are playing, playing with our thoughts, seeing where they go, how they join up, where they lead us.
Social media such as blogging, Twitter, instant messaging, wikis, smart phones, and organizational and individual Facebook technologies help create this sense of aliveness and connectedness in virtual groups.
It was the fading of that inner light with its certainty and radiant aliveness that after more than twenty years had passed moved Kull now an Interdisciplinary Studies PhD student over forty years of age with a prosthetic right leg to seek another wilderness experience.
In the present instance I want to draw on a brilliant series of essays on animism and totemism by anthropologist Tim Ingold, who considers definitions of aliveness available within Western intellectual history by tracing relationships among many beings in animic cultures, among them Lapp caribou herders and the Ojibwa of Canada.
The point, it would seem, is to use the possibility of individual death so as to create potentially a feeling of aliveness.
Joy is within you, the aliveness that flows through you.
I have studied the remnants of this culture across the Third World, from West Bengal to Papua New Guinea, and marvelled at the lovingness of the parents and the aliveness of the children.
Vitality, a positive subjective feeling of aliveness and well-being, has been hypothesized to "reflect organismic well-being and thus should co-vary with both psychological and somatic factors that impact the energy available to the self" (Ryan and Frederick, 1997, p.
It will also measure the aliveness of liquid food supplements or treated water.
Indeed, a certain portion lacks dramaturgy, aliveness, seems conceptual, even schematic in tone.
All the while that Brownie held to his convictions that he could never believe in Jesus, he continued to show up on Sundays because the aliveness appealed to some of the inner parts of his life which seemed to have died.
Because I was alive, and with decades of aliveness all alive and in front of me, all lively.
filling you up, leaving little space for pleasure in your aliveness,
bodily feeling, a sensation of aliveness, a quickness in the air, the