bring (someone or something) to life

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bring (someone or something) to life

1. Literally, to revive one who has lost consciousness. After Lily fainted, we used smelling salts to bring her to life.
2. By extension, to energize someone, especially after a period of inactivity or lethargy. A: "OK, schedule Tuesday's meeting, get John on the phone, and then come in my office so we can all discuss that big project." B: "Wow, that cup of coffee really brought you to life!"
3. To revitalize something that has become dull or stale. The new CEO's creative approach really brought that failing company to life.
See also: bring, life, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

bring someone or something to life

Fig. to give vigor or vitality to someone or something; to reactivate someone or something. (See also bring something back to life.) A little singing and dancing would have brought the play to life. Some coffee will bring you to life.
See also: bring, life, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

bring to life

Enliven or energize a person or thing. For example, The promise of a big part in the play brought Jane to life, or The author's changes really brought this screenplay to life. [c. 1300] Also see come to life.
See also: bring, life, to
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

bring somebody/something to ˈlife

make somebody/something more lively, interesting or attractive: It was only her performance that brought the movie to life.If you put a couple of pictures on the wall it might bring the room to life a bit.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

bring to life

1. To cause to regain consciousness.
2. To put spirit into; animate.
3. To make lifelike.
See also: bring, life, to
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
"Well, why don't you sprinkle some of that powder on them and bring them to life again?" asked the Patchwork Girl.
Dr Giles Gasper said: "It's one thing to know the practices and customs of the Medieval Period, but to get the opportunity to bring them to life and experience some of the many flavours of the food and drink of the period is an emotive, engaging and therefore much more enjoyable way to understand the past."
Palmer's vibrant photographs capture the energy and spirit of the rivers that bring them to life. Rivers of America will captivate fans of photography and nature, and remind the reader of the natural beauty that still exists in the U.S.
He convinces Davie that he can bring them to life, and that Davie can, too.
"Born a writer in an artist's body," as he says of himself, Sandison writes programs--chains of orders and choices, syntactic sequences--that generate words and bring them to life, regulating their movements and their connections, but only to a certain extent, since the systems created this way are half deterministic, half aleatory.
Clearly it not the partners who could bring them to life, but the choreographer, who, having relegated himself at last to the wings, still reveals his magisterial hand