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    alive and kicking

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    I suppose if I died you’d cry a bit. That would be nice of you and very proper. But I’m all alive and kicking. Don’t you find me rather a nuisance? (W. S. Maugham, “The Bread-Winner”)

    A man's got to keep himself all alive and kicking, or where would his business be? (J. B. Priestley, "The Doomsday Man")

    alive and kicking = full of live, brimming over with live/ vitality

    Thank you for your efforts.



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    Re: alive and kicking

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    alive and kicking = full of livfe, brimming over with livfe/ vitality

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