bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

(redirected from bushytailed)
Like this video? Subscribe to our free daily email and get a new idiom video every day!

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.
See also: and

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.
See also: and

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]
See also: and

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.
See also: and

bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

alert and lively; eager. informal
See also: and

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.
See also: and

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.
See also: and
References in periodicals archive ?
For weekly readings call 09036 5820 02 (75p/min + access charge) PISCES FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20 You should be bright eyed and bushytailed.
After playing a vital role in the Hurworth Academy over the past two decades at various age groups, Jenkins has seen the likes of Downing, James Morrison and Ben Gibson all progress through the age groups, transforming from bushytailed prospects to Premier League regulars.
James Stewart, in the film that made him a star, is all bushytailed, aw-shucks idealism as a newly elected senator who wanders into the halls of Congress expecting a sanctuary of justice, only to discover that It's a hotbed of liars, loafers, wheelers, dealers, and compromisers.
BEING a judge on The X Factor must be pretty exhausting but Nicole Scherzinger, below, always looks bright-eyed and bushytailed.
While the rest of the West Midlands have bright-eyed and bushytailed new Chinese owners, Birmingham City are still waiting.
Squirrels have been one of the most popular hunting targets in Mississippi since settlers in the 1700s discovered Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Natchez Indians stalking the bushytailed creatures.
albipes) nests, 3 were Deer Mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) nests, 1 was a Bushytailed Woodrat (Neotoma cinerea) nest, 11 were bird nests, and 26 were debris platforms, clumps of moss, or dwarf mistletoe (Arceuthobium spp.
Many children think that happiness is a warm, frisky, brighteyed and bushytailed puppybut Van Cliburn Carlo Urbina couldn't have disagreed with them more.
It's a four legged, bushytailed marsupial anteater and endangered species with only about 1,500 left in the wild.
These simple steps, however, will leave you brighteyed and bushytailed in no time.
But the bushytailed often requires actual skinning and that's why I like the duo.
1 by a Richard Strauss bright-eyed and bushytailed at the start of a long composing career.
John was the downbeat, more negative influence, Paul the bright-eyed, bushytailed popster.
Spryke would be back, bright-eyed and bushytailed and ready to get on with his life.
For once she drank a glass of water between each alcoholic kick and claims she awoke clear-eyed, bushytailed and feeling wonderful.