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eager beaver

[ee-ger] /ˈi gər/
a person who is excessively diligent or overly zealous.
Origin of eager beaver
An Americanism dating back to 1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Staying late would give her the reputation of an eager beaver, and that would make her unpopular.

    Hex Laurence Mark Janifer (AKA Larry M. Harris)
British Dictionary definitions for eager beaver

eager beaver

(informal) a person who displays conspicuous diligence, esp one who volunteers for extra work
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Slang definitions & phrases for eager beaver

eager beaver


: her eager-beaver sincerity/ eager-beaver gung-ho spirit

noun phrase

An energetic and willing worker; ambitious striver (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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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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