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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!
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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. Literally, to bite one excessively, as of insects. If you're out here at dusk, the mosquitos will eat you alive.
2. To overwhelm one and/or cause one to fail. Our team isn't very good, and I'm worried that the competition at this level will eat us alive.
3. To criticize one harshly. The teacher will eat you alive if you come in without your homework again today.
See also: alive, eat

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.
See also: alive, skin

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.'
See also: alive, eat

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.
See also: alive, skin

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

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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It is the animal's closer relation to aliveness that accounts for Marinetti's figuration of the transformation as animalization.
You become aware of your inner body, thus allowing yourself to realize the aliveness dwelling inside you.
The motion can vary in range and rhythm as moves and music change, but the exhilarating sensation of staying in motion creates a sensation of aliveness and joy that contributes to our overall state of health and well-being.
Not only would she refer on many occasions to his creativity and aliveness, which she as well wanted, but she more consistently grasped and experienced a holding environment with me, with its regression to dependence.
Still again, we resist because we fear some of the things which the aliveness may reveal to ourselves.
mental health, personal growth, or general sense of aliveness.
In addition, when executives and leaders share purposes as noble as these, not only do they "connect" in ways that harmonize their efforts, but aliveness is fully present in their organization.
Now what does it look like to want to shut down that aliveness, to restrict it, like the Pharisees?
The three female stars of The Fishing Trip give performances that are consistently marvellous in characterization, nuance and aliveness, and they play wonderfully to each other as an ensemble--which is doubtless what, besides the film's intensity, conjured up memories of Bergman.
Awakening brings an aliveness and a great sense of love for life in all of its forms.
I describe some of the background of the young people I am working with and the gradual transformation of the emerging self of one young client through the use of the Conversational Model with its relational qualities of recognition (Jessica Benjamin, "Bonds of Love") mirroring, and reflection, and gradually the amplification of aliveness.
Importance: This skill means going beyond correctness, for example, merely "observing" the crescendo or the accent, and truly responding to the aliveness of musical details.
His deep-focus views of the Sonora desert, animated by spiny ocotillo and stout, wave-hello saguaro cactus, articulate a dense, desiccated aliveness that resists appropriation by human culture.
Greenslit's presentation, suggested that "drugs as brands take on the character of objects of fantasy, with a quality of aliveness.