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come alive

1.
Also,come to life.
2.
Become vigorous or lively. For example, It took some fast rhythms to make the dancers come alive, or As soon as he mentioned ice cream, the children came to life. The adjective alive has been used in the sense of “vivacious” since the 1700s. Also, the variant originally (late 1600s) meant “to recover from a faint or apparent death.” [ ; first half of 1900s ]
3.
Appear real or believable, as in It's really hard to make this prose come to life . Also see look alive
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  • Wally and I got black in the face trying to make them come alive.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • We've got to come alive and forget these ideas and get down to brass tacks.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • If he did come alive and free, their game would probably be up.

    Sophy of Kravonia Anthony Hope
  • Do you believe that every place has its hour of the day when it really does come alive?

    Bliss, and Other Stories Katherine Mansfield
  • But, O King, how had you been the better off, if he had come alive?

  • He could bury himself, or he could come alive—it was all the same to them.

  • The screen was a surrealist painting, come alive, solid and real.

    Shock Treatment Stanley Mullen

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