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be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

To be 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

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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They can grow to more than 1.8m (6ft) tall or you can grow smaller, bushier varieties in containers to perk up your patio.
Regular trimming will result in a denser, bushier plant but some varieties are naturally taller than others, so to some extent the results will depend on that as well as your pruning technique.
A bushier plant which would suit a wall crevice isT.
PINCH out the shoot tips on bedding plants to encourage bushier growth.
Photo: Two trees cut from a clump of spindly Douglas firs (above) go into a bucket (right) to form a bushier single tree
A mass of new shoots will regrow and eventually lead to a bushier, better-shaped shrub.
Instead, clip or trim the bushes now (except the ones which have flower buds already) so that they can become even bushier and you may have the delight of seeing our chirpy friends raise a family in your own garden.
Late summer and autumn sowings produce stronger, bushier plants which will flower as early as May.
THE Nordmann fir has now started to outsell the Norway spruce as the nation's favourite Christmas tree, as it is bushier and its long green needles should remain on the tree over the festive period.
Two weeks after planting, sixpack plants were lush green, bushier, and had grown about 1 1/2 inches taller.
Pruned plants will be bushier with more, albeit smaller, blooms.
Sun is shining for one time so I look out of windows and outside it greener, bushier, lots of trees, leaves - like in rainy season at home.
TRIM back pansies that have passed their best to encourage bushier growth from the base.
Topiary is also an effective way to create an entrance - evergreen standards are often placed either side of a front door for impact, but you can also use smaller, bushier topiary plant shapes as a dramatic entrance to garden paths or steps.
It is a full-time job looking after them all, keeping them watered, pinching out tips to make them bushier, feeding them and looking out for pests and diseases.