keep (oneself) busy

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keep (oneself) busy

To remain occupied (with something); to ensure that one is not idle or bored. I found that I had to keep myself busy while I was grieving. I just couldn't bear to sit still, or else I would start thinking about everything that happened. I bought a bunch of coloring books and board games so the kids can keep themselves busy during the break from school.
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keep busy

1. To stay active and engaged in many pursuits. I haven't seen you in so long! Have you been keeping busy? A: "How have you been?" B: "Oh, you know, keeping busy. That's what happens when you have three kids!" I try to keep busy when I'm off during the summer, but many days I find myself just wallowing in the pool.
2. To ensure that one is occupied. In this usage, a person's name or pronoun appears between "keep" and "busy." Keep the kids busy while I wrap these presents. I've been trying to keep myself busy while I look for a job, but I won't lie, the days are long. I'm sure all this homework will keep you busy.
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keep yourself ˈbusy

find enough things to do: Since she retired she’s kept herself very busy.
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This need for education is evident in many social and entertaining joints where parents sometimes drink leaving children to take care of themselves by all means available including playing with digital gadgets to keep themselves busy.
Most staffies are active by nature so they do need families that have plenty of time to play with them and provide tough toys for them to keep themselves busy with.
One of the things Gatland has said he wants from his wings is for them to keep themselves busy, to get as many touches of the ball as possible by popping up in different places along the back line.
The two projects take up 500,000sqft and the developer has another 800,000sqft in Arjan to keep themselves busy for the next few years.
According to Evans, what makes her relationship with Eason different from her past ones is that they both keep themselves busy most of the time, making them treasure their moments together even more.
With up to 20 pr cent discount on treatments at The Spa, 15 per cent discount on food and beverages, and two complimentary tickets to Dubai Parks and Resorts, families can keep themselves busy throughout their stay.
During the summer, there are many activities which can be taken up by children to learn new skills and keep themselves busy during the holidays.
Things are no different in this Ramazan too, as Pakistanis, especially youth, keep themselves busy on social media applications while waiting for Sehri.
And with an onboard inflight entertainment system offering hundreds of hours of free programmes, international movies, live TV news and sports channels, interactive games, and music in every seat, guests are able to keep themselves busy throughout their journey without the need of a laptop or tablet.
Maggay added that he initially negotiated with a local construction firm to accommodate drug surrenderers equipped with skills in order to provide them employment mainly to keep themselves busy to divert their attention into more productive activities for them and their families.
While elders need to find new ways to keep themselves busy and thus not feel lonely, the youngsters too require to make some extra efforts that their elders feel warmly connected with them, always.
The works in the exhibition are a mixture of their depictions of this work, and paintings and drawings they did on their down time, presumably to keep themselves busy while away from home.
With hotels across the Gulf region turning to technology to deliver a terrific guest experience, expectations of the guests are at an all-time high as the hotels keep themselves busy reinventing their services.
You might be forgiven for thinking that designers in their studios keep themselves busy creating the next available gap in a niche market in the hope that it will catch on and spread like wildfire, thus making them rich.
Like 94 percent of all adult travelers, Chicago OaHare International Airport travelers rely on electronic devices to keep themselves busy as they make their trek home for the holidays.