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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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The idea is not to just keep us busy, although that is also part of the program.
India wants to keep us busy in fighting terrorism it has unleashed so as to keep us away from Kashmir,' Khawaja Asif revealed.
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We certainly have some exciting projects within Age UK Wirral to keep us busy and make sure there is something for everyone to do.
Colin is staying around here for the winter so Dundalk will keep us busy and we'll get stuck into next season when it arrives.
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That will keep us busy next year - doing nearly 30 outleta is nearly one every couple of weeks," Broad said.
The Syrian issue and stability in the Middle East will keep us busy as before," Steinmeier said.
He added,"Cleaning up the sewage overflows from Chicopee, and Springfield, and West Springfield I think thats really good and it certainly helped this section of the river and that helps keep us busy in the summer.
We will then move to consistency and implementation issues, which will keep us busy for a while.
India wants to keep us busy in a low-intensity war or low-intensity engagement on our eastern border.
Even though we don't get our first proper look at the park's scariest new attraction until a good 40 minutes in, there's plenty of eye candy to keep us busy, from the Velociraptors being trained by Owen to the spectacular Mosasaurus jumping from its aquarium to swallow lunch.
Even though we don't get our first proper look at the park's scariest new attraction until 40 minutes in, there's plenty of eye candy to keep us busy, from the velociraptors being trained by Owen to the spectacular sight of the gigantic, crocodile-like mosasaurus jumping from its aquarium to swallow lunch.