“If you avoid getting caught, a little affair can perk up a marriage,” says Lucy, a 50-something Californian.
Daniel Stone reports on whether the perk has gotten out of control.
And I think somehow my son knows I envy him this perk and he shamelessly flaunts it in my face.
The bozos who abuse the perk make for great copy, but they really aren't at all typical of the business jet community.
It also included a perk—a tax exemption—for landlords who, like Mitchell, rent property to charter schools.
After lunch he would always begin to perk up and deny that he had been really drunk the night before.
But we can get some letters that maybe will perk us up a little.
All this had consumed mere fragments of a minute and perk had already drawn back his hand to make ready for his first toss.
perk, we've got to do something—and we've got to do it sudden.
Already the prisoner had recovered his customary nerve for on hearing what perk was saying he broke out in a laugh.
late 14c., "to make oneself trim or smart," perhaps from Old North French perquer "to perch" (Modern French percher; see perch (n.1)), on notion of a bird preening its plumage. Sense of "raise oneself briskly" is first attested 1520s; perk up "recover liveliness" is from 1650s. Related: Perked; perking.
Percolated coffee (1950s+)
To run smoothly and well; percolate: The project's perking now (1925+)
Extra money, privileges, fringe benefits, etc, pertaining to a job or assignment: His men were delighted to be in Afghanistan, he said, mostly because of the perks
[1824+; fr perquisite]