bright-eyed and bushy-tailed
Eager and alert, as in Here is my new kindergarten class, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. The allusion here is to the appearance of a squirrel, which with its beady eyes and bushy tail looks ready for anything. [1930s]
THINK YOU’VE GOT A HANDLE ON THIS US STATE NICKNAME QUIZ?
Example sentences from the Web for bright-eyed and bushy-tailed
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Yeah, the “Giant man-puppy” that is Gronkowski won't hold a sexual candle to the blue-eyed dreamboat.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
His peers remember him as a bright man who spoke softly and occasionally came across as a bit shy.
Yes, Byrd—dead four-and-a-half years now—was a Kleagle in the Ku Klux Klan.Steve Scalise and the Right’s Ridiculous Racial Blame Game|Michael Tomasky|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
His nose was hooked and rather large, his eyes were blue, bright as steel, and set a trifle wide.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
While Benjy sat contemplating this creature, and wondering what was to be the end of it all, a bright idea occurred to him.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
She also practises etching, pen-and-ink drawing, as well as crayon and water-color sketching.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.|Clara Erskine Clement
"She used to be so well—so bright," said Angela, who also appeared to have the desire to say something kind and comfortable.Confidence|Henry James
As the bright glow of a little cascade of sparks pierced the darkness, a voice in our rear called sharply: "Hands up!"Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair