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bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

Energetic and enthusiastic. After that nap, I am bright-eyed and bushy-tailed! As usual, the new interns are bright-eyed and bushy-tailed—just watching them is exhausting.
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bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

Fig. awake and alert. (Often used ironically, as in the first example. The idea is that one is like a frisky animal, such as a squirrel.) Jill: Hi, Jane! How are you on this beautiful morning? Jane: Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, just as you might expect, since I've only had three hours of sleep. Despite the early hour, Dennis was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
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bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

Eager and alert, as in Here is my new kindergarten class, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. The allusion here is to the appearance of a squirrel, which with its beady eyes and bushy tail looks ready for anything. [1930s]
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bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

If someone is bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, they are healthy and full of energy. But for now, go and sleep awhile. I need you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed tomorrow. This will be a busy year, so you need to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed to cope. Note: The comparison in this expression is to a squirrel.
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bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

alert and lively; eager. informal
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ˌbright-eyed and ˌbushy-ˈtailed

(informal) lively and cheerful; pleased and proud: She came in to see me, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, and announced she was leaving the next day.
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bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

mod. alert and ready to do something; as alert and as active as a squirrel. You look all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed this morning.
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bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

Lively and perky, energetic and enthusiastic. The expression is American in origin and undoubtedly comes from anthropomorphizing the squirrel, with its beady eyes and upright bushy tail. It dates from about 1930.
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He was sceptical about the experiment but had to confess it left him "bright eyed and bushy tailed".
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AT 11AM on Friday, bright eyed and bushy tailed, my brother David and I set off to Birmingham Airport ready to embark on the sporting double-header of our lives.
Solving clues such as: 'Bright eyed and bushy tailed I scamper on the forest floor, collecting nuts and cones for my winter store', the 53 school children aged five to eight put their inquisitive natures to good use, taking time out from the classroom to test their knowledge, solve clues and learn more about the secret wildlife found in the forest.
Perfect for tired eyes after a late night, you'll look all bright eyed and bushy tailed, even if you feel like you could have done with another couple of hours sleep.
GIN, if you're reading this I hope you had an early night last night and are feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed.
AN orphaned fox cub found close to death was last night described as "bright eyed and bushy tailed" by its rescuers.
GIN, if you're reading this, I hope you had an early night last night and are feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed for the final.