- having bright eyes.
- alertly eager.
- bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, alertly eager; full of energy and enthusiasm: Get a good night's sleep so you'll be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the morning.
Origin of bright-eyed
First recorded in 1585–95
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- eager; fresh and enthusiastic
- bright-eyed and bushy-tailed informal keen, confident, and alert
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Idioms and Phrases with bright-eyed and bushy-tailed
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]
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