qui vive

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n qui vive condition of heightened watchfulness or preparation for action "bombers were put on alert during the crisis"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Qui vive The challenge of a French sentinel, or patrol; -- used like the English challenge: “Who comes there?”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Qui vive kē vēv, Who goes there?—the challenge of French sentries to those who approach their posts
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. qui, who + vive, pres. subj. of vivre, to live
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—qui, who, vive, 3d pers. sing. pres. subj. of vivre, to live—L. vivĕre.

Usage

In literature:

Et s'il est un joueur qui vive de son pain, On en voit tous les jours mille mourir de faim.
"The Gaming Table: Its Votaries and Victims" by Andrew Steinmetz
Shriek may be of Sauve-qui-peut, but will also be of Vive-la-Republique.
"The French Revolution" by Thomas Carlyle
Every girl was on the qui vive.
"Dora Thorne" by Charlotte M. Braeme
QUI VIVE, alert, cautious.
"Red Gauntlet" by Sir Walter Scott
In an instant it can lay a fire and put an entire police force on the qui vive.
"The Armies of Labor" by Samuel P. Orth
They were continually on the QUI VIVE.
"The Rifle and The Hound in Ceylon" by Samuel White Baker
All the people were en the qui vive.
"Successful Exploration Through the Interior of Australia" by William John Wills
La passion politique etait vive: et pendant un temps, tout l'interet se concentra sur ce qui se passait en France.
"Collections and Recollections" by George William Erskine Russell
All the young people were on the qui vive for this festival; and their elders were not much less excited.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
I feel very much on the qui-vive, as I haven't seen that particular part before.
"Letters to Helen" by Keith Henderson
Yet these two women were certainly on the qui vive.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
Jack and Carlos felt that the time had arrived for them to hold themselves on the qui vive.
"The Cruise of the Thetis" by Harry Collingwood
Our 'Qui Vive' women are so much superior to the men.
"The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol 2 (of 2)" by Harry Furniss
All the elite of Paris seemed on the qui vive.
"Edmond Dantès" by Edmund Flagg
One of our sentinels hearing a slight sound, cried 'Qui vive?
"Old Quebec" by Sir Gilbert Parker and Claude Glennon Bryan
The town is on the qui vive to know you.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
Qui Vive might as well have kept at Hounslow.
"Beatrice Boville and Other Stories" by Ouida
All London was on the "qui vive" this morning, as the German Emperor was to make his formal entry into London.
"Letters of a Diplomat's Wife" by Mary King Waddington
Each moment of the day and night they had to be on the qui vive, for it swarmed with hostile enemies, both human, inhuman, and climatical.
"The Empire Makers" by Hume Nesbit
One must be on the qui vive.
"The Mystery of the Lost Dauphin" by Emilia Pardo Bazán
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