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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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a busman's holiday

slang A vacation in which one does an activity that is similar to one's job (as in the case of a bus driver, or "busman," who drives on his vacation). Because I'm a docent, visiting museums on vacation is like a busman's holiday for me.
See also: holiday

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

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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a busman's holiday

mainly BRITISH
If someone spends part of their holiday doing things they do in their normal job, you can say that they are having a busman's holiday. This is probably the best fish restaurant in the country — at least one admiring chef a week passes through the cheery dining room on a busman's holiday. A fire crew's Christmas outing turned into a busman's holiday when their coach caught fire. Note: This expression may refer to bus drivers at the beginning of the 20th century when buses were horse-drawn. Drivers sometimes spent their day off riding on their own bus to make sure that the relief drivers were treating the horses properly.
See also: holiday

a busman's holiday

a holiday or form of recreation that involves doing the same thing that you do at work.
From the late 19th century, a popular form of working-class recreation was to take an excursion by bus.
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a busman’s ˈholiday

(informal) a holiday spent doing the same kind of thing that you do at work: The fire crew’s annual outing turned into a busman’s holiday when their bus caught fire. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the blaze.This phrase may refer to the drivers of horse-drawn vehicles in the 19th century. When they were not working, they often rode as passengers on their own buses to make sure that the replacement driver was treating their horses well.
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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.