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  • 1 on the qui vive — noun lively attentiveness • Syn: ↑alertness, ↑sharp sightedness • Derivationally related forms: ↑sharp sighted (for: ↑sharp sightedness), ↑alert (for: ↑ …

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  • 2 on the qui vive — on the alert or lookout. → qui vive …

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  • 3 on the qui vive — on the alert; diligently alert and watchful; lively awareness …

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  • 4 on the qui vive — On the alert …

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  • 5 on the qui vive — adverb in a state of heightened vigilance, especially prior to battle …

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  • 6 To be on the qui vive — Qui vive Qui vive (k[ e] v[ e]v ). [F., fr. qui who + vive, pres. subj. of vivre to live.] The challenge of a French sentinel, or patrol; used like the English challenge: Who comes there? [1913 Webster] {To be on the qui vive}, to be on guard; to …

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  • 7 Qui vive — (k[ e] v[ e]v ). [F., fr. qui who + vive, pres. subj. of vivre to live.] The challenge of a French sentinel, or patrol; used like the English challenge: Who comes there? [1913 Webster] {To be on the qui vive}, to be on guard; to be watchful and… …

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  • 8 qui vive? — [kē vēv′] 〚Fr, (long) live who? (i.e., which monarch or ruler do you support?, whose side are you on?), 3d pers. sing., pres. subj., of vivre, to live (< L vivere) + qui, who (< L)〛 who goes there? a sentry s challenge on the qui vive on the… …

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  • 9 qui vive? — [kē vēv′] [Fr, (long) live who? (i.e., which monarch or ruler do you support?, whose side are you on?), 3d pers. sing., pres. subj., of vivre, to live (< L vivere) + qui, who (< L)] who goes there? a sentry s challenge on the qui vive on… …

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  • 10 qui vive — noun Etymology: French qui vive, from qui vive? long live who?, challenge of a French sentry Date: 1726 alert, lookout used in the phrase on the qui vive …

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  • 11 qui vive — /kee veev / 1. (italics) French. who goes there? 2. on the qui vive, on the alert; watchful: Special guards were on the qui vive for trespassers. [1720 30; < F lit., (long) live who? (i.e., on whose side are you?)] * * * …

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  • 12 qui vive — /ki ˈviv/ (say kee veev) phrase on the qui vive, on the alert. {French: (long) live who? – as if calling for such a reply as Vive le roi! Long live the king!} …

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  • 13 qui vive —    (kee VEEV) [French: who goes there?] On the qui vive: on the lookout; on the alert; watchful …

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  • 14 qui vive — [ki: vi:v] noun (in phr. on the qui vive) on the alert or lookout. Origin C16: from Fr., lit. (long) live who? , i.e. on whose side are you? , used as a sentry s challenge …

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  • 15 qui vive — [[t]ki ˈviv[/t]] 1) fot (italics) French. who goes there? 2) idi on the qui vive, on the alert; watchful Idiom. Etymology: 1720–30; < F …

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  • 16 qui vive —   n. who goes there?    ♦ on the qui vive, on the alert …

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  • 17 qui vive — n. Phrases and idioms: on the qui vive on the alert; watching for something to happen. Etymology: F, = lit. (long) live who? , i.e. on whose side are you?, as a sentry s challenge …

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  • 18 qui vive — noun on the qui vive taking special care to notice things; watching closely …

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  • 19 qui vive — 1726, from Fr. qui voulez vous qui vive? sentinel s challenge, whom do you wish to live, lit. (long) live who? In other words, whose side are you on? (The answer might be Vive la France, Vive le roi, etc.) Hence on the vive on the alert …

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  • 20 qui vive — noun a state of heightened vigilance, especially prior to battle QUI vive! The sentrys musket rings …

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