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up and at 'em

Vigorously launched or launching into an activity;
Also used to mean promptly awake and ready to start the day or given as a command to wake up, get out of bed, and get busy with activities

Etymology:

  • Derived from ‘up and at them.’ Soldiers used this during World War I to communicate and tell each other when to get out of their pits and march forward towards their enemies.
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-At 41, Jockey Richards was still up and at 'em last week, and his wrists and knees were still persuasive enough to boot home the winner in Newmarket's Icklingham Stakes.
-The boys' mother went in their rooms at 6 am and said, "Come on, up and at 'em," to them, to make sure they weren't late for school.

Submitted on July 07, 2010

Modified by JokerGem on January 24, 2023

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