perk up (one's) ears

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perk up (one's) ears

1. Of oneself, to become more or particularly alert, intrigued, or enthusiastic. I perked up my ears when I heard that my favorite author had a new book coming out.
2. Of someone else, to cause him or her to become so. I bet I know something that will perk up your ears: Rob is single again!
See also: ear, perk, up
References in classic literature ?
Exceptis excipiendis,'' replied the hermit, ``as our old abbot taught me to say, when impertinent laymen should ask me if I kept every punctilio of mine order.
So the Pygmies resolved to set aside all foolish punctilios, and assail their antagonist at once.
This donation may be regarded, therefore, as a signal punctilio of Indian honor; but it will be found that the animal soon proved an unlucky acquisition to the party.
It seemed to me a chilling and unnatural piece of punctilio between the children of a family and their instructor and daily companion; especially where the former were in their early childhood, as at Wellwood House; but even there, my calling the little Bloomfields by their simple names had been regarded as an offensive liberty: as their parents had taken care to show me, by carefully designating them MASTER and MISS Bloomfield, &c.