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On the qui vive   /ɑn ðə kwi viv/   Listen
On the qui vive

Lively attentiveness.  Synonyms: alertness, sharp-sightedness.

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"On the qui vive" Quotes from Famous Books

... first in the orchestra stalls were Beauchamp and Debray, whose attention was divided between the stage and the arrivals of splendidly attired elegantes in the different loges, during the overture. All the elite of Paris seemed on the qui vive. ...
— Edmond Dantes • Edmund Flagg

... threading her way across the room with some difficulty, attended by Mr. and Mrs. Willard. They have just arrived. As Marguerite walks across the hall she attracts every one. There is that about her which commands attention. At the instant of her entrance Count Bonetti is on the qui Vive. ...
— A Rebellious Heroine • John Kendrick Bangs

... of the excuse that I had made did not hasten down to the Criminal Courts Building before a reasonable time had elapsed. As we entered Carton's office we could tell from the very atmosphere of the halls that something was happening. The reporters in their little room outside were on the qui vive and I heard a whisper and a busy scratching of pencils as we passed in and the presence of someone else in the ...
— The Ear in the Wall • Arthur B. Reeve

... appear, Nora Worth grew more uneasy, expectant, and anxious. Ah! who can estimate the real heart-sickness of "hope deferred!" Every morning she said to herself: "He will surely come to-day !" Every day each sense of hearing and of seeing was on the qui vive to catch the first sound or the first sight of his approach. Every night she went to bed to weep ...
— Ishmael - In the Depths • Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

Words linked to "On the qui vive" :   alertness, sharp-sightedness, attentiveness

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