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qui vive(kē vēv′)
A sentry's challenge.
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)
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]
A French phrase meaning long live who? (a sentry’s challenge), used to mean a state of alertness or watchfulness.
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|Noun||1.||qui 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"