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Re: Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

Posted by ESC on March 19, 2008 at 21:58:

In Reply to: Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed posted by Loren on March 18, 2008 at 11:52:

: What is the origin of the phrase "bright-eyed and bushy-tailed? When, why and how did it come about?

We have had previous discussions --
http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/4/messages/760.html -- where I quote a reference that says it refers to a cat. I strongly disagree. The image that I get is a squirrel.