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What does down here mean? #1 (permalink) Thu Aug 05, 2010 21:54 pm   What does down here mean?
 

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ESL/EFL Test #310 "English Slang Idioms (31)", question 7

"I want you kids down here bright-eyed and bushy-......... at 8 o'clock," their dad said.

(a) coated
(b) footed
(c) built
(d) tailed

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #310 "English Slang Idioms (31)", answer 7

"I want you kids down here bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at 8 o'clock," their dad said.

Correct answer: (d) tailed
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What does down here mean? #2 (permalink) Thu Aug 05, 2010 23:51 pm   What does down here mean?
 

In this question, 'down here' relates to a downstairs room where the father is currently speaking. Shortly the children will go upstairs and the father is explaining he wants them back where they are now at 8:00.
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What does down here mean? #3 (permalink) Fri Aug 06, 2010 9:32 am   What does down here mean?
 

be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (humorous)
to be full of energy and eager to do things
- She was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed the next morning, despite having been up half the night.
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What does down here mean? #4 (permalink) Fri Aug 06, 2010 9:34 am   What does down here mean?
 

I wonder why the dad wants their kids to be energetic at 8.
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What does down here mean? #5 (permalink) Fri Aug 06, 2010 15:29 pm   What does down here mean?
 

Not so much 'energetic' as ready to go, Tofu.
The saying is often used to indicate readiness as a sort of humorous exaggeration.
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What does down here mean? #6 (permalink) Fri Aug 06, 2010 15:53 pm   What does down here mean?
 

Thank you, B.
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