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Bright-eyed and bushy tailed?

Posted by ESC on March 22, 2000

In Reply to: Bright-eyed and bushy tailed? posted by Susan on March 22, 2000

: I've always taken "Bright-eyed and bushy tailed" to mean awake, alert and ready to go......What is the origin and what animal was anthropomorphised in this saying?

I would guess that it would be a squirrel. Have to get back to you on the origin.