Qui` vive" (?). [F., fr. qui who + vive, pres. subj. of vivre to live.]

The challenge of a French sentinel, or patrol; -- used like the English challenge: "Who comes there?"

To be on the qui vive, to be on guard; to be watchful and alert, like a sentinel.

 

© Webster 1913.

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