Act lively, hurry up, as in Look alive! This job has to be finished today. This phrase, often used as an imperative, today is more common in Britain than in America. [Mid-1800s]
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How to use look alive in a sentence
I wanted that part of my face to look alive, look worried, and have some emotion in it.‘Breaking Bad’: Bryan Cranston, Vince Gilligan, Emmy Nominations | Maria Elena Fernandez | September 17, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
It would feature evergreens, because they look alive when everything else seems to have died.Surprising Christmas History From the Date to Origins of St. Nicholas | The Browser | December 23, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ball's boast that he would be set free by hundreds of men marching from afar hath made even the sheriffs look alive.Robert Annys: Poor Priest | Annie Nathan Meyer
"I love to draw—but my people don't look alive, somehow," said little Milly, wistfully.American Cookery | Various
look alive with that axe, Tom; he can't breathe, and he's being roasted!Peccavi | E. W. Hornung
You bring the brand and look alive, Dick, or I'll sharpen ye up a bit.'Robbery Under Arms | Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
look alive with that Show o' yours, Guv'nor—we ain't got long to stop!