Definition of qui vive in English:

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qui vive

Pronunciation: /kiː ˈviːv/


(in phrase on the qui vive)
On the alert or lookout: duty requires the earnest liberal to spend most of his time on the qui vive for fascism


Late 16th century: from French, literally '(long) live who?', i.e. 'on whose side are you?', used as a sentry's challenge.

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