American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A sentinel's challenge.
- idiom. on the qui vive On the alert; vigilant: "a loathsome Dublin politico who is on the qui vive for . . . terrorists” ( Julian Moynahan).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Who goes there? — the challenge of French sentries addressed to those who approach their posts.
GNU Webster's 1913
- The challenge of a French sentinel, or patrol; -- used like the English challenge: “Who comes there?”
- n. condition of heightened watchfulness or preparation for action
- French who lives? - a sentry's challenge (Wiktionary)
“Those on the qui vive who need to flaunt their with-it-ness in the face of the stodgily au courant have turned to hot, with the extreme of “forwardly fashionable, at the center of attention” expressed as way hot or hot-hot.”
“On the day fixed for the entrance of the squire and his family, the inhabitants of Sutton were on the qui vive from early in the morning - but nothing came to pass; the most strenuous watchers had retired in despair to the tap-room, where Peter Brocclehurst explained in his most oracular manner, that nothing was more impossible, than for people coming from foreign parts to arrive on the day they fix, - because they are dependent on the winds and the waves which are not under the control of any body: when, unluckily for Peter's theory, on the appointed evening - but when it was quite dark, two travelling-carriages drove rapidly through the town, and turned up the avenue leading to the Manor House.”
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