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(as) busy as a peddler

Very busy and industrious. I'm currently choreographing three plays, so I'm as busy as a peddler at the moment. Tom's always busy as a peddler working on some project or another.
See also: busy, peddler

pill peddler

slang Someone, especially a medical doctor, who is authorized to prescribe medication. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Being a psychiatrist is about a whole lot more than being a pill peddler—medication should be the very last resort when treating a patient. You shouldn't go to some pill peddler every time you have a cough. You're body doesn't need all those drugs in it.
See also: peddler, pill

*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

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


and pill-roller and pill-peddler
n. a nickname for a physician. I went to the infirmary, but the pill-pusher wasn’t in. The lousy pill-roller just gave me some aspirin.


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DAY three of the Cheltenham Festival can see Peddlers Cross return to his glory days with victory in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.
IT WAS nearly two years ago that Peddlers Cross found only Hurricane Fly too good in the Champion Hurdle, but a powerful performance at Musselburgh today could prove almost as uplifting to trainer Donald McCain.
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PEDDLERS CROSS can justify the move to switch him from the Arkle to the two-and-a-half-mile novice chase.
THE pitfalls of ante-post betting were again a talking point on the eve of the Festival when Donald McCain re-routed Peddlers Cross from his season-long target, the Arkle, to the Jewson.
Peddlers used these cars as warehouses for their goods.
DONALD McCain was able to breathe a sigh of relief after stable star Peddlers Cross made a flawless start to his chasing career at Bangor.