qui vive


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qui vive

 (kē vēv′)
n.
A sentry's challenge.
Idiom:
on the qui vive
On the alert; vigilant: "a loathsome Dublin politico who is on the qui vive for ... terrorists" (Julian Moynahan).

[French, (long) live who? (a sentry's challenge to determine a person's political sympathies) : qui, who + vive, third person sing. present subjunctive of vivre, to live.]

qui vive

(ˌkiː ˈviːv)
n
on the qui vive on the alert; attentive
[C18: from French, literally: long live who?, sentry's challenge (equivalent to "To whose party do you belong?" or "Whose side do you support?")]

qui vive

(ki ˈviv)
1. (italics) French. who goes there?
n.
2. on the qui vive, on the alert; watchful.
Idiom.
[1720–30; < French]

qui vive

A French phrase meaning long live who? (a sentry’s challenge), used to mean a state of alertness or watchfulness.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.qui vive - condition of heightened watchfulness or preparation for actionqui vive - condition of heightened watchfulness or preparation for action; "bombers were put on alert during the crisis"
preparedness, readiness, preparation - the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action); "putting them in readiness"; "their preparation was more than adequate"
air alert - the condition in which combat aircraft are airborne and ready for an operation; "aircraft in the Mideast are on air alert"
red alert - the highest level of alert when an attack by the enemy seems imminent (or more generally a state of alert resulting from imminent danger)
strip alert - a state of readiness for domestic defense aircraft; "the Air Force will keep fighters on strip alert at bases around the country"
Translations

qui vive

[kiːˈviːv] N to be on the qui viveestar alerta

qui vive

n on the qui viveauf dem Quivive (dated), → auf der Hut
References in classic literature ?
He sat like a man who is perpetually on the qui vive.
We were on the qui vive till daylight, and prepared for the combat.
We're pretty well forward here and we have to keep on the qui vive.
When he was under an irritating impression of this kind he would go about for days with a defiant look, the color changing in his transparent skin as if he were on the qui vive, watching for something which he had to dart upon.
HOCKEY David Forsyth is on Scotland duty against GB Under-23s at Lilleshall this weekend after helping Qui Vive gain promotion to the Dutch first division.
Portees sur le court metrage et le documentaire, les 13es rencontres cinematographiques de Bejaia ne comptent que cinq longs metrages de fiction dont [beaucoup moins que] Histoire de Judas [beaucoup plus grand que] de Rabah Ameur Zaimeche (projete dans la soiree de dimanche 6 septembre), [beaucoup moins que] Qui vive [beaucoup plus grand que] de Marianne Tardieu (lundi 7 septembre a 17h), [beaucoup moins que] Aujourd'hui [beaucoup plus grand que] d'Alain Gomis (mardi 7 septembre), [beaucoup moins que] Je suis mort [beaucoup plus grand que] de Yacine Mohamed Benelhadj (jeudi 10 septembre), [beaucoup moins que] Fievres [beaucoup plus grand que] de Hicham Ayouch (vendredi 11 septembre).
It is to be remembered that this court is the sentinel on the qui vive.
Wheat procurement centers should always be on the qui vive to address and redress the throes and sufferings of the growers, enabling them to ensure surplus of this staple food in the country, pleaded farming community.
The problem now is that Ruby, for all his cool-headedness, will be going round Cheltenham with a fair chunk of his mind on the qui vive for the sky falling in.