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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Rawdon had kindly busied themselves with Sir Pitt, who was to dispose of the remainder most advantageously for her, when he had time.
Being awake, my thoughts were busy, of course; and mainly they busied themselves with Sandy's curious delusion.
Not content with this, one brought me splendid garments, while another filled a basin with scented water and poured it over my hands, and the rest busied themselves with preparing refreshments.
Ogg's, and men who busied themselves with political questions were regarded with some suspicion, as dangerous characters; they were usually persons who had little or no business of their own to manage, or, if they had, were likely enough to become insolvent.
The sons of Autolycus busied themselves with the carcass of the boar, and bound Ulysses' wound; then, after saying a spell to stop the bleeding, they went home as fast as they could.
Canadians, ever guided by the media watchtower, busied themselves with the fear of advancing Ebola and the possibility of random beheadings by terrorists at the local mall.
'Not police - not on strike - working miner - proud of it.' The nurses busied themselves with other patients, left him to sleep it off.
The confrontation playing out on the streets, and on television screens, is a loud one, but the mess could have easily been avoided if politicians busied themselves with the work of government, and not rhetoric and sloganeering.
While other big-market teams busied themselves with TV shows and press conferences, Fateh and its management focused on their goal to emerge as the unexpected darkhorse of the season.
After the release of the singles Drop Dead Gorgeous and From Rush Hour With Love, band members busied themselves with musical and non-musical ventures.
Deployed HQs contained too many people, busied themselves with too much nugatory planning and did not run well internally."
Stock investors also busied themselves with the latest buyout talk.
At one time, summer meant that many companies put away their earlier repertoire and busied themselves with premieres.
On Wednesday, when they should have been concerned with preparing to face Scotland, they busied themselves with refusing to talk to the media because the journalist in question was present.
All sorts of shenanigans have been rumoured for the launch, but until the final field for the Channel 4 reality show is revealed, the firms have busied themselves with concocting a rash of specials on what the new housemates may get up to.