busy with (something)

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busy with (something)

1. adjective Spending a lot of one's time focused or working on a particular task, goal, or project. I'm so busy with school right now that I haven't seen my friends in weeks.
2. verb To immerse oneself in a task or project. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "busy" and "with." Ever since my break-up with Ben, I've busied myself with work to keep from crying all day long.
3. verb To engage or occupy someone with a distraction, task, or project. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "busy" and "with." If you busy the baby with a toy, he'll stop crying in no time. My husband is off all week, so I'm busying him with repairs around the house.
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busy oneself with someone or something

to occupy one's time by dealing with someone or something. Tony busied himself with helping Sam. Mrs. Wilson busied herself with little Jimmy.
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busy someone with someone or something

to keep someone busy dealing with someone or something. You should busy the children with some activity. We will busy Randy with cleaning up the garage.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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It was finally settled that this should be our plan; and that inquiries and preparations should immediately be set on foot; and while my mother busied herself with these, I should return to Horton Lodge at the close of my four weeks' vacation, and give notice for my final departure when things were in train for the speedy commencement of our school.
She busied herself with following the aerial creations of the poets; and in the majestic and wondrous scenes which surrounded our Swiss home --the sublime shapes of the mountains, the changes of the seasons, tempest and calm, the silence of winter, and the life and turbulence of our Alpine summers--she found ample scope for admiration and delight.
And, rising with a heavy heart, she returned to her chamber, where she took a pen and paper, and during the whole of that night busied herself with tracing letters.
Dismissing this, however, she busied herself with sprinkling the linen dried during the daytime, in company with her nine-year-old brother Abraham, and her sister Eliza-Louisa of twelve and a half, call "'Liza-Lu," the youngest ones being put to bed.
Maggie, conscious that Stephen was still there, busied herself with counting money, and avoided looking up.
It was only when they were grown that their mom busied herself with Church organizations.
Giving birth to two children, Karageorghis was at first preoccupied with raising the kids while she also busied herself with her job as a French teacher.
The couple attended the nearby Baptist chapel with Herbert getting involved in the scouts, while Ethel busied herself with the girl guides and the Women's Guild.
While Ghani was busy in improving the economic conditions of Afghanistan and its people Rula busied herself with a cause that was close to her heart: rehabilitation of the internally displaced persons in the country.
While my companion busied herself with razor clams with their sweet-sour salsa filling, I savoured every bit of my thinly sliced beetroot cured salmon.
Among the first "settlers" in Khomasdal, Richardine busied herself with raising her children and re-establishing the school she started under the tree where she worked for years without receiving any salary.
Dad reported to his new job and Mother busied herself with details--
Earlier, Freida busied herself with the film's promotion -- attending a conference with the film's director Woody Allen and posing for photographs while meandering around the Victoria's Secret Gifting Suite in the Four Seasons hotel.
She also busied herself with fox hunts, fashions, horse racing and politics.