Definitions for qui viveki ˈviv
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qui viveki ˈviv
(italics) French. who goes there?
Category: Foreign Term
(n.)on the qui vive,on the alert; watchful.
Origin of qui vive:
1720–30; < F
alert, qui vive(noun)
condition of heightened watchfulness or preparation for action
"bombers were put on alert during the crisis"
a state of heightened vigilance, especially prior to battle
Origin: who lives? - a sentry's challenge
the challenge of a French sentinel, or patrol; -- used like the English challenge: "Who comes there?"