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(as) busy as a cranberry merchant (at Thanksgiving)

Very busy. Cranberries are a popular Thanksgiving side dish. I'm currently choreographing three plays, so I'm busy as a cranberry merchant at Thanksgiving. Can we meet next week instead? I'm just as busy as a cranberry merchant right now.
See also: busy, cranberry, merchant

merchant of doom

A person who always focuses on the potential negative outcomes of a situation. I refuse to watch the evening news anymore because the reporters have all become merchants of doom.
See also: doom, merchant, of

rip-off merchant

One who cons or otherwise deceives people. I wouldn't play cards against him if I were you—he has a reputation as a rip-off merchant.
See also: merchant

speed merchant

1. Someone who drives very fast in their car, especially over the legal speed limit. I used to be an awful speed merchant, but I got so many tickets that I nearly lost my license. OK, I know we're running late, but there's no need to be such a speed merchant. I'd rather arrive alive.
2. An athlete who runs, skates, swims, cycles, etc., very fast. The team's new running back is one hell of a speed merchant. The speed merchant already had eight Olympic gold medals for cycling, and he finally added a Tour de France championship to his list of accolades.
3. Someone or something that performs an action much faster than is usual. I can't believe you've already read through all these reports. You're a real speed merchant! Th tablet's new CPU is a speed merchant, all right, but it eats through the battery like nobody's business.
See also: merchant, speed
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*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.
See also: beaver, busy
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: beaver, busy
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

speed merchant

n. someone who does something fast: a runner, pitcher, swimmer, driver, etc. What a pitch! That guy is a speed merchant for sure.
See also: merchant, speed
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
The merchant came, leading his daughter by the arm.
The merchant told the old man why he was obliged to come there.
I should like to be a witness of your interview with the genius." So saying he sat down by the merchant.
The old man who was leading the hind told him the adventure of the merchant and the genius.
This smoke came nearer and nearer, and then, all at once, it vanished, and they saw the genius, who, without speaking to them, approached the merchant, sword in hand, and, taking him by the arm, said, "Get up and let me kill you as you killed my son."
The merchant and the three old men began to weep and groan.
I am going to tell you my story and that of the hind I have with me, and if you find it more marvellous than that of the merchant whom you are about to kill, I hope that you will do away with a third part of his punishment?"
Merchants help fund card reward programs because they serve as a way for them to both cut and target their marketing costs, Legters explained.
merchants are increasingly dependent on the credit-card networks for the vast majority of their transactions.
It is difficult to pinpoint a source of the money that funds rewards programs, but there is evidence suggesting that more generous card rewards lead to greater fees for merchants. If businesses pass on merchant fees to consumers in the form of higher prices, then in fact payment cards are not beneficial to consumers as a whole (because merchant fees are generally a larger percentage of the transaction than are rewards).
One way credit card companies are protecting their cardholders is by requiring them to provide online merchants with additional information such as their mother's maiden name.
* Farm Plan, which allows merchants to provide credit to their customers.
It explains how the card network signs up merchants to accept payment cards and how the sales slips that consumers sign are converted into cash for the merchants.
Tokyo, Japan, Oct 11, 2005 - (JCN Newswire) - JCB, a leading international payment brand, is pleased to announce that Banque Misr, Egypt's largest bank, will begin expanding JCB card acceptance to all its affiliated merchants in stages over the next few years starting this month.
Van der Haegen contends that a combination of merchants and craftsmen controlled the city and were free to determine their own fate.