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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PERK

The good custom was established and Meg began to perk up again.

You get int' your best clothes and perk up a bit; you can boss it over Janet.

But we can get some letters that maybe will perk us up a little.

Perk, we've got to do something—and we've got to do it sudden.

If you're afraid to start, Perk, come down an' let me try it.

"He'll perk considabul when he hears about them picters," said Uncle William.

The major was there, Chub was there, Susie was there—and Perk.

But when Perk took Christopher fishing, Jane was not invited to go.

Oh, why didnt I have Perk stay in from the fields to look after you!

Perk unharnessed the horse and tied him by the reins to a neighboring tree.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "to make oneself trim or smart," perhaps from Old North French perquer "to perch" (Modern French percher; see perch (n.1)), on notion of a bird preening its plumage. Sense of "raise oneself briskly" is first attested 1520s; perk up "recover liveliness" is from 1650s. Related: Perked; perking.

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