up and at 'em

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up and at 'em

1. Promptly awake and ready to start the day's activities. A colloquial shortening of "up and at them." We have to be up and at 'em by 7 AM tomorrow morning if we want to fit in everything we have planned. I've always preferred to go to bed early so I can be up and at 'em first thing in the morning.
2. Wake up, get out of bed, and start your day! Up and at 'em, sleepy head! You've got a busy morning, so you'd better get a move on.
See also: and, up

up and at 'em

Fig. up and taking action. Dad woke me at seven, saying, "Up and at'em!" It's six-thirty. Time for us to be up and at 'em.
See also: and, up

up and at 'em

Get going, get busy, as in Up and at 'em-there's a lot of work to be done. This colloquial idiom, often uttered as a command, uses at 'em (for "at them") in the general sense of tackling a project, and not in reference to specific persons.
See also: and, up

up and at them

and up an’ at ’em and up an’ Adam
phr. to get up and go at people or things; to get active and get busy. (Adam is a [purposeful] misunderstanding of at ’em.) Up and Adam! The sun is shining.
See also: and, up

up and at 'em

Get going, become active. This interjection, from the late 1800s, is a kind of wake-up call. The at ’em, for “at them,” does not refer to any particular individuals but rather is used in the general sense of tackling some work or undertaking an activity. For example, “We only have a week to write the budget, so up and at ’em, fellows.”
See also: and, up