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