live wire


Definition of live wire

: an alert, active, or aggressive person

Other Words from live wire

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 With no real Democratic majority in the Senate, anyone had the potential to be a live wire, but her silence carried an ominously credible charge. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, 5 Aug. 2022 These Hollywood filmmakers and films exemplify the spirit that, now, in the all-but-post-studio era, energizes independent filmmaking, as well as the most daring big-budget filmmakers—and make the practice of criticism a live wire of excitement. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 23 July 2022 Palmer here is a coltish, jangly live wire who expertly fills the space provided to her by Kaluuya with both a restless frustration about how her life has turned out and sincere affection for her big brother. Jonathan W. Gray, The New Republic, 22 July 2022 But banning shifts is a live wire with good arguments for and against it. Peter Abraham,, 16 Apr. 2022 However, the Guardian XT has the ability to cut through a live wire without electrocuting someone, for example. Saige Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Apr. 2022 As Ruth Stoops, Dern is an ungainly live wire, impetuous and agitated. Matthew Jacobs, Vulture, 2 Dec. 2021 Officials have asked people to regard every downed wire as a live wire; to drive carefully and keep an eye out for tree branches, work crews, and flooded roads; to be good neighbors, and to be patient., 28 Oct. 2021 That disconnected the live wire and saved Varcadipane’s life. Connie Mckinney, USA TODAY, 13 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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Dictionary Entries Near live wire

live well

live wire

live within/beyond one's means

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16 Aug 2022

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“Live wire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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: an alert active person

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