- alive and kicking,
- alive to,
- alive with,
Origin of alive
Examples from the Web for alive
The distinction between over-policing and non-responsiveness was alive and well in Bed-Stuy.
After all, unlike the other vaccines currently in the pipeline, this one is alive and replication-competent.
The Syrians who arrived in Sicily this week are lucky to be alive.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If a person looks like they are alive, but their brain shows no signs of activity, is this person dead or alive?
Having spent 11 hours in cold storage, she began moving around within her body bag, where mortuary staff found her alive and well.
When shall we know whether they are dead or alive, whether strong and healthy or moaning upon a bed in hospital?Six Women and the Invasion|Gabrielle Yerta
If he had been alive I am certain he would not have shirked his duty.Yule Logs|Various
He did this because he wanted to sell some property that he could not sell if Jemmy were alive.Stories of American Life and Adventure|Edward Eggleston
This was no little tragedy: the two sticks of condensed and concentrated protein might have kept Ben alive for a few days more.The Sky Line of Spruce|Edison Marshall
Every one was alive to the necessity of finding the cabin of the old naturalist as soon as possible.The Boy Scouts of Lenox|Frank V. Webster
Word Origin for alive
c.1200, from Old English on life "in living." The fuller form on live was still current 17c. Alive and kicking "alert, vigorous," attested from 1859; "The allusion is to a child in the womb after quickening" [Farmer]. Used emphatically, especially with man; e.g.:
[A]bout a thousand gentlemen having bought his almanacks for this year, merely to find what he said against me, at every line they read they would lift up their eyes, and cry out betwixt rage and laughter, "they were sure no man alive ever writ such damned stuff as this." [Jonathan Swift, Bickerstaff's Vindication, 1709]
Thus abstracted as an expletive, man alive! (1845).
In addition to the idioms beginning with alive
- alive and kicking
- alive to
- alive with
- come alive
- eat someone alive
- look alive
- more dead than alive
- skin alive