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vi•tal•i•ty(vaɪˈtæl ɪ ti)
full of beans Lively, energetic; full of vim, vigor, and vitality. Popular since the mid-1800s, this expression was originally stable slang. It was used in reference to spirited, bean-fed horses.
live wire A spry, energetic person. This expression, derived from the jumping and sparking of a fallen power line, enjoys common usage in the United States.
He was, if anyone was, the live wire of the Senior Common Room. (J. C. Masterman, To Teach Senators Wisdom, 1952)
rough-and-ready Exhibiting vigor and vitality which, though unrefined and perhaps indelicate, is appropriate for dealing with a given situation; crudely efficient; rough in manner, but prompt and effective in action. Though it has been suggested that this phrase may allude to Colonel Rough, a soldier under the Duke of Wellington at Waterloo, supporting evidence for this allegation is sketchy at best. It is more likely that rough-and-ready arose as a description of one’s manner or style, its implications being obvious.
The rough-and-ready style which belongs to a people of sailors, foresters, farmers and mechanics. (Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Conduct of Life, 1860)
“Old Rough and Ready” was a nickname given to General Zachary Taylor (1784-1850) for his conduct during the Seminole and the Mexican Wars in the early 1800s. Supporters of Taylor’s campaign and presidency (1849-50) were known as the “Rough and Ready Boys.”
|Noun||1.||vitality - an energetic style |
vim, muscularity, vigor, vigour, energy - an imaginative lively style (especially style of writing); "his writing conveys great energy"; "a remarkable muscularity of style"
|2.||vitality - a healthy capacity for vigorous activity; "jogging works off my excess energy"; "he seemed full of vim and vigor"|
juice - energetic vitality; "her creative juices were flowing"
|3.||vitality - (biology) a hypothetical force (not physical or chemical) once thought by Henri Bergson to cause the evolution and development of organisms|
force - (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity; "force equals mass times acceleration"
|4.||vitality - the property of being able to survive and grow; "the vitality of a seed"|
apathy, inertia, lethargy, sluggishness, listlessness, weakness