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lend an ear (to)

To listen to someone, especially when they are discussing a problem. Sorry I'm late, I had to lend an ear to Jane. She's been going through a lot lately. Thank you for lending an ear, I feel much better now that I've gotten that off my chest. Please lend an ear to Ian, who will be giving us an update about the last quarter.
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lend itself to (something)

To be suited for (something), especially some kind of purpose or use. This fabric really lends itself to evening wear. The chefs are always looking for versatile ingredients that lend themselves to many dishes.
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*busy as a beaver (building a new dam)

 and *busy as a bee; *busy as a one-armed paperhanger; *busy as Grand Central Station; *busy as a cat on a hot tin roof; *busy as a fish peddler in Lent; *busy as a cranberry merchant (at Thanksgiving); *busy as popcorn on a skillet
very busy. (*Also: as ~.) My boss keeps me as busy as a one-armed paperhanger. I don't have time to talk to you. I'm as busy as a beaver. When the tourist season starts, this store is busy as Grand Central Station. Sorry I can't go to lunch with you. I'm as busy as a beaver building a new dam. Prying into other folks' business kept him busy as popcorn on a skillet.
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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.
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Lent is a time to focus on her relationship with Jesus and to do things she should do as a Christian all year long, said Emerson.
Lent, like all the rituals of baptized people, is common, communal, the work of the body.
In the Sunday assembly we enter into the intercession and the prayer for mercy that is intense during Lent, both in the assembly and at home.
He relates how he gave up chocolate chip cookies for Lent last year and found that "halfway through the second week, my give-up gave up and I folded like a cheap suitcase.
More important, how did Lent get so disassociated with Baptism and so associated with giving things up in the hearts and souls of so many Catholics?
Catholic calendars have the famous fish superimposed on every Friday's date during Lent.
Let me go to someplace where Lent is over and people believe in Easter.
We don't know whether this is our last Lent or whether we've got several dozen more to go.
Without ranging far and wide on all of this, let's talk about Lent.
The time has come to get back to the roots of Lent, the time-proven practices of prayer, fasting, and alms-giving--the rhythm of 40 intensive days experienced as a community.
As a reader from Illinois likes to put it, "Good habits picked up during Lent can affect a lifetime.
One of the best things I ever did for Lent was work one weekend in prison ministry to bring the word of the Lord to those who had never heard of Jesus," says Carlos Cueto.
Carlos Cueto doesn't hesitate to express his feelings when talking about Lent.
Understanding how Jesus gave up his life out of pure love helped put a positive spin on Lent, Cueto says.
I'm also pretty serious about fasting during Lent - even this year when I will have passed (at age 59) the strict canonical requirements for obligation.