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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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"Nathan's back and looking sharp," confirmed caretaker boss Gary McAllister.
Buzzing: Gabby Agbonlahor is looking sharp again after having coaching sessions with Robert Duverne.
``Ricky's in good shape -- he's looking sharp, he's up for it, '' said a spokesman for `The Hitman'.
Wayne tells me: "Daniel J always keeps me looking sharp. And when I look sharp, I feel sharp.
He's looking sharp, even this early into full training.
LOOKING SHARP: This was a family photo in Oxford taken more than 30 years ago.
He added: "Neil's knocked in a 100 and was looking sharp but I responded well in the next two frames."
``He has lost half-a-stone and is looking sharp. Richard Wright is still touch and -go for the start of the season so it is good to see Paul pushing himself so hard.''