from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A sentry's challenge.
- idiom (on the qui vive) On the alert; vigilant.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Who goes there? — the challenge of French sentries addressed to those who approach their posts.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- The challenge of a French sentinel, or patrol; -- used like the English challenge: “Who comes there?”
- to be on guard; to be watchful and alert, like a sentinel.
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- noun a state of heightened
vigilance, especially prior to battle
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun condition of heightened watchfulness or preparation for action
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[French, (long) live who? (a sentry's challenge to determine a person's political sympathies) : qui, who + vive, third person sing. present subjunctive of vivre, to live.]
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French who lives? - a sentry's challenge
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