Live-wire



[lahyv] /laɪv/

noun, Informal.
1.
an energetic, keenly alert person.
/laɪv/
noun
1.
(informal) an energetic or enterprising person
2.
a wire carrying an electric current

noun phrase

An energetic, vibrant person: Jimmy’s a live wire, all right (1909+)
A highly alert or energetic person. For example, Sally’s a real live wire; she brightens up any gathering. This metaphoric term transfers a wire carrying electric current to a lively individual. [ c. 1900 ]

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