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eager beaver

[ee-ger]
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noun
  1. a person who is excessively diligent or overly zealous.

Origin of eager beaver

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45
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British Dictionary definitions for eager beaver

eager beaver

noun
  1. informal a person who displays conspicuous diligence, esp one who volunteers for extra work
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Idioms and Phrases with eager beaver

eager beaver

An exceptionally zealous person, one who habitually takes on more tasks or works harder than others. For example, Bill is a real eager beaver, always volunteering to stay late. This expression became especially popular during World War II, applied to recruits anxious to impress their commanding officers by such behavior. [First half of 1900s]

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