perk up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v perk up cause to be alert and energetic "Coffee and tea stimulate me","This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate"
    • v perk up gain or regain energy "I picked up after a nap"
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Usage

In literature:

She chuckled, and Freddie, who had been wilting on the fender, perked up.
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
Jack perked up his nose and stared with his mouth wide open.
"Roumanian Fairy Tales" by Various
I heard Ainger tell Violet he thought we'd pull it off, so I perked up.
"The Master of the Shell" by Talbot Baines Reed
I have to do all the perking up, and you can't even let me go to a party without damping my ardour.
"The Independence of Claire" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Perk up, and be a credit to me.
"Tom and Some Other Girls" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Now then, perk up, my lad.
"Brave and True" by George Manville Fenn
I'm a hopin' that p'haps with you around she may perk up some.
"Darry the Life Saver" by Frank V. Webster
You get int' your best clothes and perk up a bit; you can boss it over Janet.
"Janet of the Dunes" by Harriet T. Comstock
Why, I felt so perked up that I got out my best dress and my silk apron, to do honor to the day!
"Peggy-Alone" by Mary Agnes Byrne
He was perking up his big ears and wagging his stump of a tail in front of him.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
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In news:

We can't find you a friend to showerwith, but we can still help you perk up your rub-a-dub-dub routine.
Graphic videos depicting the recent unrest overseas has inspired a local rotary group to perk up their patriotic spirit.
Although auto sales perked up in 2011, value is still the name of the game.
A roaming exhibit in Brooklyn that will cause your ears to perk up.
The Hidden Perk to Having Kids Up Your A** All the Time .
Thank you for being a loyal Cat Pak member, as we promised you when you signed up, here is one of the perks.
Couric vows she'll perk up daytime .
BANGKOK — The price of oil rose Wednesday as investors anticipated that new measures to perk up the US economy will be announced at the end of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting.
The price of oil rose Wednesday as investors anticipated that new measures to perk up the US economy will be announced at the end of the Federal Reserve 's policy meeting.
Schwan's Home Delivery sweetens its messages and perks up open rates and sales.
Thanks to Antoine Allen and Andrew Minton, the Red Raiders perked up after halftime.
Boy, do I have a story to tell you about the presidential vote, so perk up.
The price of oil rose Wednesday as investors anticipated that new measures to perk up the US economy will be announced at the end of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting.
T he price of oil rose Wednesday as investors anticipated that new measures to perk up the US economy will be announced at the end of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting.
"My ears perked up because that's the school district I grew up in," said Woodhead.
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In science:

When a theory provides a “click,” something neat which drops out of the mathematics, one’s attention perks up.
Book Review of Stephen L. Adler's, "Quantum theory as an emergent phenomenon."
The tolerance needed in the test is estimated as follows: a good collection of oracles estimates Perk−1 up to δp(k − 1)!, and Perk up to δ√k ! additive error.
Testing Permanent Oracles -- Revisited
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