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busman's holiday

A vacation that is spent engaging in an activity that is similar to what one does for work. As a museum curator, Leonard had a busman's holiday when he went to Paris to visit the Louvre.
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busman's holiday leisure

time spent doing something similar to what one does at work. (Alludes to a bus driver going on a bus tour for his vacation or on a day off.) Tutoring students in the evening is a busman's holiday for our English teacher. It's a bit of a busman's holiday to ask her to be wardrobe mistress for our amateur production in the summer. She's a professional dressmaker.
See also: holiday, leisure

a busman's holiday

time away from work that is spent doing something that is similar to your usual job Going to the beach is too much of a busman's holiday for him - he's a lifeguard!
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busman's holiday

Free time spent in much the same pursuit as one's work. For example, Weather permitting, the lifeguard spent all her days off at the beach-a real busman's holiday . The term alludes to a bus driver spending his day off taking a long bus ride. [Late 1800s]
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But the Labour opposition group leader, Councillor Gordon Morgan, said that the busmen were so terrified about the future of their jobs that they had accepted a pittance.
On target for the busmen were Mick Dyson and George Washington and the team gave a good account of themselves despite being without key players Craig Fellows, Chris Munroe, Chris Hartwell and Paul Roper.
The busmen were highly disappointed when a penalty was awarded which they were convinced was a 50-50 challenge.
The Worcester busmen's action is not connected to with the three-day strike of the 2,500 West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive busmen, who are demanding more pay.
Angry Dublin busmen demanded police protection yesterday after a driver was stabbed with a syringe.
1974 NEWCASTLE'S busmen decided this afternoon to return to work.
UNION LEADERS made a "call it off" plea to 40 striking busmen this afternoon as their stoppage left thousands of Birmingham commuters stranded.
Veteran Mick Dyson did well to last the full 90 minutes and also get on the scoresheet for the busmen, who also had Paul Roper, Kevin Leathwood and Chris Hellawell on target.
Busmen throughout the West Midlands went on strike at midnight for three days after rejecting a further offer of a once and for all payment of pounds 50 and a higher wage for the existing 40 hour week.
The busmen, members of the Transport & General Workers' Union, voted 304 to 110 to accept the latest offer by management at the councilowned company.
80s 1981 As chaos hit North-East travellers again today a union official appealed to 300 busmen "Go back to work".
BUS SERVICES throughout the West Midlands face creeping paralysis next week as 800 busmen step up their battle for higher pay.
The busmen moved off the bottom of the table after beating mid-table Athletico Monkey 4-1 at Newsome High School.
The news comes as hundreds of busmen take their vehicles off the road today to hold a special meeting to discuss late-night bus violence.
Rush-hour chaos seemed inevitable as more than 300 busmen employed by the Northern General Transport Company who operate from the Worswick Street station went on strike this afternoon.