“If you avoid getting caught, a little affair can perk up a marriage,” says Lucy, a 50-something Californian.
After lunch he would always begin to perk up and deny that he had been really drunk the night before.
The good custom was established and Meg began to perk up again.
What is done to Lordsburg we can stand, but a blow at our own warbags, even in antic'pation, is calc'lated to cause us to perk up.
You get int' your best clothes and perk up a bit; you can boss it over Janet.
Anyhow, your comin' hez been a good thing fur Nancy, an' I reckons she'll begin to perk up from now on.
Aunty Rose declared that Carolyn May began at once to perk up.
But, in this other lot, the shoots are commencin' to perk up, an' insec's have stirred the mold.
Andy forgot his personal embarrassment and began to perk up his ears.
Bless my soul, if Lucia did not perk up the second the forelady left, edge over, and direct a volume of Italian at me.
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.
[origin uncertain; perhaps related to perch, and semantically to the notion of being placed high]
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]