One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he could do with a drink to liven him up’
brighten up, cheer up, enliven, put some life into, animate, put some spark into, raise someone's spirits, perk up, spice up, ginger up, make lively, wake up, waken up, hearten, gladden, invigorate, give a boost to, rejuvenate, vitalize, restore, revive, refresh, vivify, put some zest into, galvanize, stimulate, stir up, get going
informal buck up, pep up, jazz up, zhoosh, zhoosh up, hot up
calm someone down
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