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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

Words related to bright eyed and bushy tailed

1930s alert attentive eager excited squirrel
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
very eager and energetic
The freshly recruited programmer was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
by The Return of Light Joker February 02, 2012