live wire


Definition of live wire

: an alert, active, or aggressive person

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live-wire \ ˈlīv-​ˌwī(-​ə)r How to pronounce live wire (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of live wire in a Sentence

She's a real live wire. the babysitter will have her hands full with those two little live wires
Recent Examples on the Web Reading this novel is like holding a live wire in your hand. Hillary Kelly, Vulture, "The Best Books of the Year (So Far)," 16 Apr. 2021 Why hire such a live wire performer to play someone so grim? Darren Franich,, "Bob Odenkirk is maybe too convincing as a grim action hero in Nobody: Review," 22 Mar. 2021 In the director’s office, Marlys waited to meet Izidor, and Debbie waited to meet a little blond live wire named Ciprian. Melissa Fay Greene, The Atlantic, "Can an Unloved Child Learn to Love?," 18 June 2020 The anxiety rippled through my body like a live wire. Robin Amer, USA Today, "I was panicking over coronavirus. Then I heard my baby’s heartbeat.," 22 Apr. 2020 Yank out the cable and the live wires will disconnect before the earth, further reducing the chance of anyone being fried. The Economist, "Charlemagne The parable of the plug," 6 Feb. 2020 The officer arrived to find the pole on the ground with live wires on the street. cleveland, "Woman calls police because another driver was “rude” to her at stoplight: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 13 Mar. 2020 Power is cut to thousands of people, to avoid live wires going down in the Santa Ana winds. Dan Zak, Washington Post, "California will never stop burning," 4 Nov. 2019 Kaya Scodelario, who broke through as live wire Effy Stonem on British teen classic Skins, stars here as Kat Baker, a rough-around-the-edges young figure skater traumatized after sustaining a public and gruesome skull injury on the ice. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Spinning Out': TV Review," 31 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of live wire

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of live wire was in 1881

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30 Apr 2021

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“Live wire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of live wire

informal : a very lively and energetic person

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Kids Definition of live wire

: an alert active person

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