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 How to pronounce live-wire (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for live wire


dynamo, fireball, pistol

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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

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There were lines at the ATM and grocery store Wednesday morning in Vieques, as people boarded up windows and prepared for the government to shut down the power around noon to prevent injuries with live wires. Amy Gordon, Washington Post, "Tropical Storm Dorian moving toward a fragile Puerto Rico," 28 Aug. 2019 The striker has been brilliant in pre-season, performing with great pace and vigour - a real live wire., "8 Potential Breakout Stars to Keep an Eye on During the 2019/20 Premier League Season," 4 Aug. 2019 But after four games of pre-season, James could prove to be one of the Premier League signings of the season after yet another live wire performance., "4 Things We Learned as Man Utd Beat Spurs in China to Maintain 100% Pre-Season Record," 25 July 2019 Firefighters eventually extricated the man from the vehicle but had to wait five to 10 minutes for Seattle City Light technicians to shut off power to the live wires surrounding the crash, Seattle Fire spokesman David Cuerpo said. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "Driver hits 7-year-old on sidewalk, crashes into power pole in Magnolia," 15 July 2019 Other bayakou told me about encountering live wires and suffering electric shocks. National Geographic, "They perform an essential health service—in secret," 17 June 2019 Power lines ignite fires after branches brush against them, or transmission poles snap, leaving live wires. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "California’s wildfires may be the best thing to happen to home batteries," 7 June 2019 The electro-magnetic field around a live wire will cause this tool to beep and light up, showing the presence of AC voltage. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Smart Person's Guide To Avoiding Electrical Shock," 29 Apr. 2016 City Light released more details Thursday about a December 2016 inspection of all 26 poles that came crashing down amid a tangle of live wires along East Marginal Way in Tukwila about 4 p.m. April 5. Lewis Kamb, The Seattle Times, "City Light releases more details on poles that collapsed, but says it still doesn’t know why they toppled," 11 Apr. 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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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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