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noun
  1. a state of heightened vigilance, especially prior to battle
    • "QUI vive!" The sentry's musket rings,
      The channelled bayonet gleams;
      High o'er him, like a raven's wings
      The broad tri-colored banner flings
      "QUI vive!" The sentry's musket rings,. The channelled bayonet
      gleams; ... "Qui vive!" How oft the midnight air. That startling cry has borne! ...Oliver Wendal Holmes. http://www.bartleby.com/102/104.html - 23k
    • 1917 Qui vive? Who passes by up there?
      Who moves -- what stirs in the startled air?
      What whispers, thrills, exults up there?
      Qui vive?
      "The Flags of France." Grace Ellery Channing
    • Were a tail black man to do the same, there is not one of us who would not immediately be on the . My sadness about the American estrangement just mentioned doesn't make me act any differently at such a moment, http://www.geocities.com/~bblair/france_twp.htm
Etymology:who lives? - a sentry's challenge


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