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look sharp

To pay attention; to be vigilant. Look sharp, or you'll get hit in the head with a soccer ball! Look sharp! There's a hole up ahead!
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look sharp

Get moving, be alert, as in The coach told the team they would have to look sharp if they wanted to win. This colloquial expression, dating from the early 1700s, originally meant "to keep a strict watch" but acquired its present sense in the early 1800s.
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look sharp

be quick.
1953 Margaret Kennedy Troy Chimneys I had…begun an idle flirtation with Maria, … then, perceiving that I should be caught if I did not look sharp, I kept out of her way.
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look ˈlively/ˈsharp

(British English, informal) do something quickly; hurry up: Come on, look lively or we won’t get to the station in time.
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The 11-song collection reunites Jackson with the scrappy band who accompanied him on the trilogy of LPs - Look Sharp, I'm The Man, and Beat Crazy - that first established him as a major artist in 1979.
Volume 4, whose release coincides with the 25th anniversary of the recording of Jackson's landmark debut Look Sharp, marks a comeback for one of the classic bands of the post-punk era - Jackson (vocals and keyboards), Gary Sanford (guitar), Graham Maby (bass), and Dave Houghton (drums).
Former classical prodigy Jackson was already a young musical veteran - with a resume that included the Royal Academy of Music, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, musical directorship of a Playboy Club, and a proto-punk band called Arms and Legs - when Look Sharp was released into the charged post-punk atmosphere of January 1979.
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In the second half, a Grant Johnston shot from 15 yards brought out a great save from Julian Speroni and the keeper had to look sharp again to deny substitute Chris Templeman.
Kinnear said: "We watched him in the reserves against Manchester United on his comeback and he didn't look sharp. So we left it a while and the next thing I knew he was at Hull.