qui vive

[ kee veev ]

  1. who goes there? (used as a sentry's challenge)

Idioms about qui vive

  1. on the qui vive, on the alert; watchful: Special guards were on the qui vive for trespassers.

Origin of qui vive

1720–30; <French: literally, (long) live who? (i.e., on whose side are you?)

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qui vive

/ (ˌkiː ˈviːv) /

  1. on the qui vive on the alert; attentive

Origin of qui vive

C18: from French, literally: long live who?, sentry's challenge (equivalent to "To whose party do you belong?" or "Whose side do you support?")

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