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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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Any nature or farming topic is acceptable, and most neighbors are eager to come to dinner with a bunch of bright-eyed, bushytailed young people.
I didn't leave home at 19 all bright-eyed and bushytailed - I hadn't been wrapped in cotton wool - but I had been protected" - Irish actress Saoirse Ronan.
They also have public support on their side: from gardeners who set out feeding stations to park visitors who delight at the cheek and pluck of the bushytailed interlopers.
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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.
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In front of a Thursday matinee house packed to the rafters she delivered a bracing, exhilarating account of the compact, action-packed Horn Concerto no.1 by a Richard Strauss bright-eyed and bushytailed at the start of a long composing career.
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