rise and shine


rise and shine

Meaning | Definition

  • to ask someone to wake up and become active in the daily chores
  • wake up with smile
  • getting out of the bed and starting the day
  • leave the bed and start the routine with energy
  • To wake up positively
  • To get up and do something nicely
  • To ask someone to get out of bed
  • To get someone to wake up
  • To wake someone up gently and positively

Example Sentences

  1. The sun is up, rise and shine!
  2. My mother would always start the day positively. “Rise and shine” she would always say.
  3. When you rise and shine to me every day, it starts my day positively.
  4. “It is quarter past nine, rise and shine“, this was one of the dialogues in the musical that I went to see with my husband.
  5. It is already 8 ‘o’ clock, rise and shine you two!
  6. Hey, Carl you are still sleeping, come one rise and shine, we have to go to the long drive today.
  7. I am so inspired by my Grandfather, he about 80 years old and still he rise and shine everyday.
  8. I am so lazy, I don’t need to rise and shine, please let me sleep little more.
  9. The sun is up rise and shine!
  10. Rise and shine for today is a new day and a new beginning.
  11. I am not going to rise and shine no matter how much you ask me to.
  12. Rise and shine, it is a great morning!” my mother would always wake me up saying this.
  13. I asked my husband to rise and shine when he was sleeping until 10 am and was about to miss his office.
  14. My husband always wakes me up saying “rise and shine”!
  15. The rise and shine of my children is not as pretty since they both are apparently in love with their blankets.


The phrase is said to have originated in the military operations where soldiers would be asked to wake up early and start their activities in an enthusiastic manner. It was almost a compulsion to be active since the day would be a long one every day and to start positively meant that it went on better. To act lively would mean that a person would do well. It originated in the 1800’s and is a good way of greeting people as one wakes them up. Needless to say it is a family phrase and not usually used for people who do not live in the same house together.

The phrase originates from the rising and shining of the sun. When the sun is out, it is morning and everyone is expected to rise and shine with it to get along with their daily routines. It has been speculated to have been around since the early 18th century but has been used in common parlance since the 19th century.

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To wake someone up gently and positively

‒ Monisha January 5, 2021

My dad used to say this. I always thought it meant get up and shine your shoes ready for a new day. But thinking about it now, he was the one who always cleaned my shoes.

‒ Geo Luing December 24, 2020

To get out of bed and get ready for work

‒ Anonymous September 23, 2020

The origin of this phrase is much older. The earliest use of ‘rise and shine’ in print is in Isaiah 60:1. King James Version, 1611, gives that as: “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.”

‒ Mike Lance February 6, 2018

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