Get-up-and-go



[get-uhp-uh n-goh] /ˈgɛtˌʌp ənˈgoʊ/

noun
1.
energy, drive, and enthusiasm.
noun
1.
(informal) energy, drive, or ambition

noun

Energy and initiative; pep; piss and vinegar, pizzazz: My get-up-and-go has got up and went

[1940s+; in the form get up and get found by 1884]

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    Learn of; hear a rumor about. For example, “If my old aunt gets wind of it, she’ll cut me off with a shilling” (William Makepeace Thackeray, in Paris Sketch Book, 1840). This expression alludes to an animal perceiving a scent carried by the wind. [ First half of 1800s ]

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