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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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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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When the plants are 20cm (8in) tall, pinch out the tips to promote bushiness.
Pinch off new growth at planting time to develop bushiness.
For increased bushiness, prune out around one third of the older stems in March.
Dwarf varieties make excellent edging if you pinch out growing points on the young stems to promote bushiness.
With regional offices in 16 strategic locations around the world, Steele's solutions respond to the complexity of doing bushiness in today's fluid, outsourced marketplace.
And just to kick-start everything, I would lightly pinch out young plants - this means removing the growing tip back to a pair of buds which will encourage bushiness and more flowers.
Pinch out growing tips of wallflowers to encourage plant bushiness.
Water courses have been fenced off, livestock numbers cut and hedgerows regularly re-laid by hand to retain bushiness.
Pinch out the lead shoot and subsequently keep trimming side- shoots for bushiness.
If young plants are leggy, pinch off new growth to encourage bushiness.
Moving them around encourages bushiness and maximum flower spikes.
With regional offices in 18 strategic locations around the world, Steele's solutions respond to the complexity of doing bushiness in today's fluid, outsourced marketplace.
Bushiness When they go on to produce a first leaf, they'll need their own individual 3in pot.
Buying it is always the same, a mess of arguments about height, bushiness, and that all-important symmetry, quickly cut short by the mud, the bitter cold, and the realisation that we're standing in a draughty tent at the edge of a miniature forest, when we could be inside with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.