Idiom of the week: Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed
Definition: Be full of energy and enthusiasm, ready for anything.
Example: BRIT’s students are fantastic. They always arrive bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at class.
This expression dates back to the nineteenth century, according to “Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins” by Robert Hendrickson, Facts on File, New York, 1997.
Some claim that it is an analogy to squirrels since they are always very alert and perky.
Others say that, on the one hand, bright-eyed is obvious as it is used to say that someone is eager; fresh and enthusiastic. And that, on the other hand, the bushy-tailed refers to the tail of a cat, which is known to fluff up when it becomes excited.
All in all, whether the expression comes from squirrels or cats no one can assure but what we cannot doubt is that it is a nice expression to talk about someone who is cheerful and lively, so why don’t do it?
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