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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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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.

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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

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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Figure 7 looks good to me; if you compare this waveform with the starting point to the right in Figure 3 (on page 65), you'll see that we reduced, but didn't eliminate, the bushiness around the centerline while boosting overall volume.
Winners will be judged on length, bushiness and scruffiest categories, as well as "best in show," Williams said.
Alongside a bony-headed, loose-lipped camel, a goat stands to attention, the shine of its wiry bushiness painted with patient genius, lock by tawny lock.
crispus as well as the bushiness and morphology of constituent thalli are important ecophysiological variables in the population dynamics of C.
We consider this greater local bushiness indicative of being a finer approximation of Euclidean n-space.
One thinks immediately, say, of Count Claudio Volpe, Italian art historian and kingpin of a worldwide cocaine cartel, who stands almost seven feet tall and "looked a lot like Gabby Hayes, except that his hair, nearly knee length, acquired by asstime a tail-of-Trigger bushiness, and had the consistency of thin yellow-white straw" (49).
The only snag is that it too changes character when it flowers and stops the production of the handsome leaves, the bushiness disappears as the stems elongate to hold the flower umbels high leaving a gap in the garden design.
Natural selection explains the differential depth and bushiness of these lineages.
Lack of boron causes a variety of slow, irregular growth habits such as dwarfing and bushiness because the growing plant tips die, which encourages lower leaves to sprout.
When they reach around 20cm high, pinch out the growing tips to encourage bushiness. They can also be planted directly into a greenhouse border or growing bags and trained as cordons.
When the plants are 20cm (8in) tall, pinch out the tips to promote bushiness. If you want lots of small chillis, pinch out the sideshoots again later on.
Pinch off new growth at planting time to develop bushiness. For making pesto, choose an Italian large-leaf type (look for Italian variety names); cut the plant back by two-thirds once it is large enough to provide enough greenery for a recipe (for small batches of pesto, cut off individual stems).
Dwarf varieties make excellent edging if you pinch out growing points on the young stems to promote bushiness.
Q I HAVE a passion flower plant and wondered if I should pinch out the growing tip to encourage bushiness?