live wire


Definition of live wire 

: an alert, active, or aggressive person

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Other Words from live wire

live-wire \ˈlīv-ˌwī(-ə)r \ adjective

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

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An Ohio Department of Transportation driver was trapped in his plow truck after losing control and striking a utility pole in Geauga County, causing live wires to fall across the truck. Cliff Pinckard,, "Cleveland police urge residents to avoid travel because of weather," 2 Mar. 2018 When the crew tried to reset the battery system, one of the crew members sustained an electric shock from touching a live wire. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "What Happens When a Mars Simulation Goes Awry?," 23 June 2018 Utility companies scrambled to power down live wires, emergency crews began sawing the brush into manageable pieces, and frustrated motorists drove in circles. Matthew Ormseth,, "Connecticut Sifts Through Wreckage From Two Tornadoes, Macroburst," 17 May 2018 The Adonis is David Sparsholt, a young rower up at Oxford whose lovely body proves a live wire. Anthony Domestico, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘The Sparsholt Affair,’ by Alan Hollinghurst," 29 Mar. 2018 In one incident, live wires fell onto a car at Beach Drive and Knowles Avenue in Kensington, causing the car to burn. Washington Post, "High winds hit D.C. region, leaving thousands without power," 2 Mar. 2018 The problem began when an eastbound train carrying 23 passengers and an operator hit a live wire about 5:30 a.m. between the Broadway and Ferry Avenue stations. Joseph A. Gambardello,, "PATCO Update: Limited service will extend into Tuesday morning," 29 Jan. 2018 DeHaan and Delevingne are live wires who develop chemistry as potential lovers. Chris Ball,, "'Logan Lucky,' now on DVD and Blu-ray (review)," 8 Dec. 2017 The roads were filled with storm debris and live wires, making them impassable, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Monique O. Madan And David Goodhue, miamiherald, "Can’t get back home to the Keys? Here’s the only shelter that will take you in," 11 Sep. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of live wire

: a very lively and energetic person

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Kids Definition of live wire

: an alert active person

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