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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.
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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Separate cases have been registered against the peddlers in the police stations concerned.
VAR of some municipal police pouring water on the ashes of the peddlers stand
District and Sessions Judge Kamran Basharat Mufti awarded a two-month jail term to drug peddler Waqas Ahmad on carrying 300grams of hashish in the Kohsar area of Islamabad.
And for some, including Maguire, it was that run that took most out of Peddlers Cross.
Although he has remained in training, Peddlers Cross has not raced since pulling up in the 2013 World Hurdle due to a series of Hurricane Fly.
Merseyside-born trainer McCain tweeted: "After a lot of thought we have decided to retire Peddlers Cross, the best horse I may ever train.
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That is because the absence of Big Buck''s makes the World Hurdle a betting event again and considering that in terms of ability he is the best horse in the race, Peddlers Cross is overpriced.
That is because the absence of Big Buck's makes the World Hurdle a betting event again and considering that in terms of ability he is the best horse in the race, Peddlers Cross is overpriced.
Peddlers Cross returned to action with a promising run in a 'jumper's bumper' in January and while he did not please every onlooker at Musselburgh last month, connections declared themselves perfectly satisfied.
Donald McCain, trainer of Peddlers Cross, said: "That was grand as he was cantering all over them in the straight but just took a blow and I told Jason Maguire not to be too hard on him.
Of late, there has been a series of crackdowns on porn peddlers in Sharjah.
One of the chief concerns of parents stem from the fact that now schools are being targeted by peddlers.
Muscat: The Royal Oman Police (ROP) have arrested three drug peddlers of Asian origin from Batinah region in the north of Oman.
DONALD McCAIN is looking forward to seeing stable star Peddlers Cross return to hurdling next season following his no-show at Cheltenham last week.