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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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References in classic literature ?
And on through the sunny gardens they went, into the Lily Hall, where, among the golden stamens of a graceful flower, sat the Queen; while on the broad, green leaves around it stood the brighteyed little maids of honor.
Sometimes you get these brighteyed young boys and it lifts everything, but you have to be careful and you can't overcook it and allow them to be too overexposed.
And from the first heroic blast to the spectacular final flourish, they simply romped all over it - with conductor Nicholas Collon providing energetic, brighteyed support.
Every parent will attest that brighteyed children grow into sleepy adolescents, and the science confirms their observations.
The secret to her brighteyed beauty was revealed in a backstage pic which showed Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks (PS46) in the supermodel's beauty arsenal.
Theatr Clwyd's rock 'n' roll pantos have been wowing audiences since some of today's grumpy teenagers were brighteyed little ones, full of wonder and excitement.
At the outset, clubs are fawning as they dangle pens over Academy forms in front of brighteyed kids and hopeful parents.
Marian [wore] a beautiful dress and tiara, the choir's singing was angelic and every guest was brighteyed.
30am, when bleary-eyed parents would emerge with brighteyed kids to tackle the generous buffet.
Craig affects a laconic stiff-upper-lip the-devil-take-you exterior as the older, war-weary Sassoon, while Jenkins' Owen - the former Birkenhead schoolboy, let us remember - is fever- ishly pink-cheeked and brighteyed as his devoted disciple.
Mixing a colourful cast of puppet characters and actors, Avenue Q tells the story of brighteyed graduate Princeton, who comes to New York to follow his dreams.
For their 19 and 24 years, they looked as if hard work had taken its toll, though they were brighteyed and buoyed by the occasion.
In this film, Henry is presented as the brighteyed, noble champion of a clean Arthurian pageant.