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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Desperate for a distraction from her family woes, Caitlin decides to busy herself with preparations for Pete's birthday.
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like a headmistress or a really haughty-taughty member of the county set, the sort of woman who would walk round Corbridge with a wicker basket, busy herself with tray bakes for the WI and wear a nice suit from Country Casuals.
The Sligo singer said: "She comes most places with me but she can't be at everything because she is busy herself with work things.
'She'll busy herself with plans for furnishing the nursery,' says a pal.
An invitation, perhaps, to meet his comely daughter who even now is fluttering her lovely eyes as she pretends to busy herself with the beer taps?