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busman's holiday

A vacation that is spent engaging in an activity that is similar to what one does for work. As a museum curator, Leonard had a busman's holiday when he went to Paris to visit the Louvre.
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a busman's holiday

slang A vacation in which one does an activity that is similar to one's job (as in the case of a bus driver, or "busman," who drives on his vacation). Because I'm a docent, visiting museums on vacation is like a busman's holiday for me.
See also: holiday

busman's holiday leisure

time spent doing something similar to what one does at work. (Alludes to a bus driver going on a bus tour for his vacation or on a day off.) Tutoring students in the evening is a busman's holiday for our English teacher. It's a bit of a busman's holiday to ask her to be wardrobe mistress for our amateur production in the summer. She's a professional dressmaker.
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busman's holiday

Free time spent in much the same pursuit as one's work. For example, Weather permitting, the lifeguard spent all her days off at the beach-a real busman's holiday . The term alludes to a bus driver spending his day off taking a long bus ride. [Late 1800s]
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a busman's holiday

mainly BRITISH
If someone spends part of their holiday doing things they do in their normal job, you can say that they are having a busman's holiday. This is probably the best fish restaurant in the country — at least one admiring chef a week passes through the cheery dining room on a busman's holiday. A fire crew's Christmas outing turned into a busman's holiday when their coach caught fire. Note: This expression may refer to bus drivers at the beginning of the 20th century when buses were horse-drawn. Drivers sometimes spent their day off riding on their own bus to make sure that the relief drivers were treating the horses properly.
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a busman's holiday

a holiday or form of recreation that involves doing the same thing that you do at work.
From the late 19th century, a popular form of working-class recreation was to take an excursion by bus.
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a busman’s ˈholiday

(informal) a holiday spent doing the same kind of thing that you do at work: The fire crew’s annual outing turned into a busman’s holiday when their bus caught fire. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the blaze.This phrase may refer to the drivers of horse-drawn vehicles in the 19th century. When they were not working, they often rode as passengers on their own buses to make sure that the replacement driver was treating their horses well.
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The Busmen missed a host of chances in the second half with Manny Ott spurning a big opportunity in the second half after he was set up by Stephan Schrock.
The PFL trophy capped an impressive year for the Busmen, especially on their home court where they made history last August by ruling the AFC Cup Asean Zonal Championship at the expense of Singapore's Home United.
But the Labour opposition group leader, Councillor Gordon Morgan, said that the busmen were so terrified about the future of their jobs that they had accepted a pittance.
It also gave the Busmen the early lead in Group F on goal difference.
The busmen were highly disappointed when a penalty was awarded which they were convinced was a 50-50 challenge.
The busmen, members of the Transport & General Workers' Union, voted 304 to 110 to accept the latest offer by management at the councilowned company.
Angry Dublin busmen demanded police protection yesterday after a driver was stabbed with a syringe.
The Busmen are currently on top of Group F of the AFC Cup following the 2-0 win over Shan United on Tuesday night at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod.
The Busmen battled back from an early deficit courtesy of a brace from Spanish striker Bienvenido Maranon and one from Fil-Iranian Omid Nazari before holding off the Roar's late bid to force extra time to complete the stunning upset.
MANILA, Philippines Their firm faith in themselves in achieving the near-impossible rewarded with a monumental reversal over a heavily favored Australian club on hostile ground, Philippine champions Ceres Negros FC Busmen aren't in their ambitious quest for a historic trip to the AFC Champions League group stage.
70s 1975 Newcastle busmen this afternoon blacked the giant Longbenton estate after an attack on a driver.
Veteran Mick Dyson did well to last the full 90 minutes and also get on the scoresheet for the busmen, who also had Paul Roper, Kevin Leathwood and Chris Hellawell on target.
The Coventry-based busmen, who go under the stage name of The Full Wumpty, have raised thousands of pounds since they first did their own tongue- in-cheek version of The Full Monty.
But the Busmen, buoyed by an energetic Panaad Stadium crowd, struck twice late in the second half to turn back a stubborn Shan United side from Myanmar, 2-0, Tuesday night to keep top spot in Group F of the AFC Cup.
The Busmen will have their work cut out on Tuesday when they face the Brisbane Roar on the road, needing a victory to arrange a match with Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian for a spot in the Champions League.