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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Ever so often, despite our New Year's resolutions and best intentions, we tend to busy ourselves with mundane tasks and inconsequential matters while unintentionally ignoring the most important person in our lives - ourselves.
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So we're not going to spend our time being miserable and we don't busy ourselves with the rubbish.
I think of the amount of time and effort that we waste on petty arguments between conservatives and liberals or between cultures and ideologies, instead of realizing that as we busy ourselves with these petty arguments, we are irreversibly damaging the planet and the resources that give life not only to us but to a diversity of life condemned today by human cupidity and blindness.
"Sadly, this sense of loneliness becomes even more apparent during Christmas as the rest of us busy ourselves with the festive preparations, and celebrating with colleagues, families and friends.
Let's try to fight old age and busy ourselves with hobbies like gardening, reading, cooking (especially experimenting with new recipes), seeing old friends, and brisk walking for exercise.
As parents it is sometimes easy to forget the needs of our children as we busy ourselves with the other things in life that needlessly distract us, but seeing my sons all together again this week reminded me of the importance of remembering our children as individuals AND as a collective whole.
We are also to busy ourselves with the ministry that Jesus has entrusted to us.
"For the last four or five weeks we have been able to change our perspective and busy ourselves with a bigger goal." Klopp says his task on Saturday will be to blend out any distractions until after the final whistle.
While we busy ourselves with a flurry of anti-aging serums and moisturizers, always watching out for the newest buzz in achieving flawless skin, we have forgotten the first and most crucial step to any regimen.
How often do we busy ourselves with the small things of life that we neglect the bigger things?
"We should not busy ourselves with our differences while an enemy determined to harm the population is in the country,'' Ahmed said on Monday.
"It's where all the greats have played but at the moment we're pretty busy ourselves with a number of gigs and festivals including the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen."
Seeing the language of communication return to a bit of reasonableness and hinting that the scope of the dispute can be reduced to fit Lebanon's size require that we adopt formulas of the type mentioned above, and of the type that proposes "undertaking constitutional reforms (following the conclusion of parliamentary elections) after implementing the Taif Agreement, so that we can all busy ourselves with the imbalance that exists, and correct itC*" Using reconciliatory expressions in order to raise sensitive and difficult matters (constitutional reforms, weapons, etc.) requires competence and rationality, and a mindset that prepares the ground for future steps, along with the suitable foreign conditions.
But how on earth can we achieve any of that if we busy ourselves with "making statements" instead of working to make the crucial difference?