get-up-and-go

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n get-up-and-go enterprising or ambitious drive "Europeans often laugh at American energy"
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Quotations

  • Dean Martin
    Dean Martin
    “I'd hate to be a teetotaler. Imagine getting up in the morning and knowing that's as good as you're going to feel all day.”
  • Anzia Yezierska
    Anzia Yezierska
    “A man is free to go up as high as he can reach up to; but I, with all my style and pep, can't get a man my equal because a girl is always judged by her mother.”
  • Michael J. Fox
    Michael J. Fox
    “I'm going to marry a Jewish woman because I like the idea of getting up Sunday morning and going to the deli.”
  • Jools Holland
    Jools Holland
    “Naggers always know what they are doing. They weigh up the risks, then they go on and on and on until they get what they want or until they get punched.”
  • Robert Orben
    Robert Orben
    “Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work.”
  • Johnny Carson
    Johnny Carson
    “Your chances of getting hit by lightning go up if you stand under a tree, shake your fist at the sky and “Storms suck!"”

Idioms

Get up and go - If someone has lots of get up and go, they have lots of enthusiasm and energy.
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Usage

In literature:

But the banks were not so steep as before and he had but little difficulty in going down one side and getting up the other.
"Jack North's Treasure Hunt" by Roy Rockwood
I begged and prayed of him to get up and go away.
"The Dead Alive" by Wilkie Collins
Then when it came time to go to sleep, the boy would always get under my blankets and cuddle up close to me.
"The Old Santa Fe Trail" by Henry Inman
Do what she would, she could hardly get him to give up the money and go to bed.
"The History of David Grieve" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
You're going to hear me out, and then I'm going to get Lil and her people and they're going to back me up.
"Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" by Cory Doctorow
I believe he meant to get up and go away.
"The Possessed" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
All you've got to do is to get somebody to go round the town for you and take a few notes, and then you work the notes up into letters.
"My Man Jeeves" by P. G. Wodehouse
Then I get up and go.
"Hunger" by Knut Hamsun
Get up and go: I don't want you.
"Lady Audley's Secret" by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
And I can't get up and go after them, you know.
"What Katy Did" by Susan Coolidge
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In poetry:

"Get up, get up, Marie Hamilton,
Get up, and follow me,
For I am going to Edinburgh town,
A rich wedding for to see."
"The Queen's Marie" by Andrew Lang
"For when we fellows go to school,
We lose our things, you know;
And in that little vestibule
They do get mixed up so.
"A Long-Felt Want" by Carolyn Wells
In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.
"Bed In Summer" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Suppose the lions all get up and go,
And all the brooks and soldiers run away?
Time can say nothing but I told you so.
If I could tell you, I would let you know.
"Villanelle" by W H Auden
Well, I'll get hell enough when I get home
For coming up this far,
Leaving the note, and running as I came.
I'll go and tell my father where you are.
You'd better go find Minnegan before
Policemen hear and come.
"A Note Left In Jimmy Leonard's Shack" by James Wright
Hooray, the echo will resound throughout the wide square,
When a sincere drunkard's song emanates from my throat;
Tonight I'll be lapping up a smoky pub's atmosphere,
I'm bloody well going to get sloshed, buzzed and somewhere float.
"The Saturday Night Song" by Julian Tuwim

In news:

FAIRBANKS — As the second half of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball season gets under way tonight, coach Phil Shoemaker and his Alaska Nanooks figure there is no place to go but up.
Whether you're a total beautyista who's obsessed with primping and pampering, or a novice hoping to pick up some great get gorgeous pointers, then you're going to love Cosmo 's new beauty blog.
The midsize A5 is more about style and personal luxury than performance, but that doesn't mean it suffers in the get-up-and-go department.
Owner Maggie Maloney says the meals are to-go, and all you have to do to get one is show up.
For more info, go online to get involved at act.mtv.com This weekend viewers will meet rock royalty up close and personal, dance to the music and get a chance to help rebuild part of the Jersey shore ravaged by superstorm Sandy.
It's opening even in Fairchild where Brian Davis and his friends are sitting around a warm fire, waiting for morning when they will wake up early and go out to hopefully get their deer.
"If YouBuild gets up and going, there's potential there to look to expand again," Pierce said.
When your get up and go has gotten up and gone, consider your blood sugar.
COLUMBIA — Lawrence "Larry" Diggs gets up before the sun nearly every day to go fishing, exercises regularly and is always looking forward to his next trip.
Today is the 29th Annual National Missing Children's Day and the Get Up & Go Show was lucky enough to get to speak with Patty Wetterling.
This morning, she woke up and said "Mom, I have to do some jumping jacks to make my eye feel better so that I can go and get a haircut".
Right in line with lyrics about wanting to let go and get rowdy , Walker's music video is a perfect match-up for the tune.
Homecoming week starts on Monday with Get Up and Go Day.
Remember when you could get up early and go shopping at 7 am the day after Thanksgiving.
Athens — The school year is about to get up and running, and pretty soon it's going to be all parents can do to keep up with the kids' schedules.
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In science:

We briefly comment that this is the general structure of limiting theorems on the genealogy of populations: n is fixed but arbitrary, N is going to infinity, and after speeding up time by a suitable factor, we get convergence towards the restriction of a nice coalescing process on n particles.
Recent progress in coalescent theory
We append the edge vy to P , go through it to C ′ , and if C ′ is a cycle, then we open it up by deleting an edge of C ′ incident to y to get a longer path P ′ and repeat the argument.
On the number of Hamilton cycles in sparse random graphs
We hope that after going through these notes, someone who has never come across these ideas will have a general hook to hang each idea on to get their bearings and a context when the idea comes up later.
A Simple Introduction to Particle Physics Part II
He comes up with an idea, he tells the rich guy that he'll go to a farm and then bury the diamond there, then put a flag pole there so when he gets there he can find the diamond.
Nations At War I: Why do we keep building weapons?
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