- who goes there? (used as a sentry's challenge)
- on the qui vive, on the alert; watchful: Special guards were on the qui vive for trespassers.
Origin of qui vive
Examples from the Web for qui vive
Historical Examples of qui vive
She stands four mortal hours at the entrance of the drawing-room, all the while on the qui-vive.Woman and Artist
Paris would not be Paris if it did not keep us on the qui-vive.The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912
The people were on the qui-vive and I often had to give up my investigation without marked results.Crimes of Charity
At the same instant something moved in the fields to the left, and a shrill voice called: "Qui-vive?"Lorraine
Robert W. Chambers
He remembered the general character of the river from his former descent, but he had to be on the qui-vive as to details.A Canyon Voyage
Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
- on the qui vive on the alert; attentive
Word Origin for qui vive
Word Origin and History for qui vive
1726, in on the qui vive "on the alert," from French qui voulez-vous qui vive? sentinel's challenge, "whom do you wish to live," literally "(long) live who?" In other words, "whose side are you on?" (The answer might be Vive la France, Vive le roi, etc.).