busy as a beaver

Also, busy as a bee. Hardworking, very industrious, as in With all her activities, Sue is always busy as a bee, or Bob's busy as a beaver trying to finish painting before it rains. The comparison to beavers dates from the late 1700s, the variant from the late 1300s. Also see eager beaver; work like a beaver.


Nearby words

  1. busty,
  2. busulfan,
  3. busuuti,
  4. busway,
  5. busy,
  6. busy lizzie,
  7. busy signal,
  8. busy work,
  9. busy-work,
  10. busybody

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