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Perk up   /pərk əp/   Listen
Perk up

verb
1.
Gain or regain energy.  Synonyms: gain vigor, percolate, perk, pick up.
2.
Cause to be alert and energetic.  Synonyms: arouse, brace, energise, energize, stimulate.  "This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate"






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"Perk up" Quotes from Famous Books



... midst of the ice, Captain Nemo often stayed on the platform. He observed these deserted waterways carefully. I saw his calm eyes sometimes perk up. In these polar seas forbidden to man, did he feel right at home, the lord of these unreachable regions? Perhaps. But he didn't say. He stood still, reviving only when his pilot's instincts took over. Then, steering his Nautilus with consummate dexterity, he skillfully dodged the ...
— 20000 Leagues Under the Seas • Jules Verne

... problem you're up against, Bristles," he went on to say, while he laid a hand affectionately upon the other's quivering arm; "but just perk up, and make sure that it's bound to come out right, sooner or later. If you don't go to see your aunt again, after a bit, another of her opals will disappear; and then the quick-tempered old lady must see that it ...
— Fred Fenton on the Crew - or, The Young Oarsmen of Riverport School • Allen Chapman

... de funeral, de mules would perk up a little in dey walk and a faster hymn was sung on de way home. When we got home, we was in a good mood from singing de faster hymns and de funeral soon ...
— Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2 • Works Projects Administration

... made Yuki Chan clap her hands and the nesting birds perk up their heads at the sound of her clear, sweet laugh were the funny little lacquer carts in which the royalty was supposed to ride, drawn by impossible fat bullocks, so bow-legged that their curves formed a big round O. Yuki Chan made her red lips into the ...
— Little Sister Snow • Frances Little



Words linked to "Perk up" :   liven, de-energize, convalesce, enliven, cathect, recover, revive, de-energise, reinvigorate, repair, invigorate, revivify, quicken, affect, renovate, liven up, reanimate, sedate, vivify, recuperate, animate, recreate



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