live wire

noun
|Updated on: 3 Jul 2018

Definition of live wire

: an alert, active, or aggressive person

live-wire

play \ˈlīv-ˌwī(-ə)r\ adjective

Examples of live wire in a Sentence

  1. She's a real live wire.

  2. the babysitter will have her hands full with those two little live wires

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First Known Use of live wire

1881

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LIVE WIRE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of live wire for English Language Learners

  • : a very lively and energetic person


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live wire

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Definition of live wire for Students

: an alert active person


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