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Excited and attentive. Reffering to squirrels.
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
by Richard H G Bittner July 09, 2006

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1930s alert attentive eager excited squirrel
To be wide awake, not tired... old western slang
Woman: Baby are you tired?
Man: Nah, I'm bright eyed and bushy tailed
by Kelly L July 27, 2005
very eager and energetic
The freshly recruited programmer was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
by The Return of Light Joker February 02, 2012