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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References in classic literature ?
D'Artagnan did the same, with a little more concern, however, for the noble creatures, whose merits he fully appreciated; but he had the satisfaction of seeing three or four grooms run from the kitchens and the stables, and busy themselves with the steeds.
A lot of our countrymen busy themselves with personal interest and ambition beyond anything else, without regard to the well-being of the nation.
The decision of the federal ministry of education to declare a state of emergency on education is long overdue as education for decades continues to occupy the back seat in the policies and plans of successive administrations that busy themselves with security and economic matters.
Summary: As they busy themselves with sorting out a profitable model, Lebanese digital entrepreneurs are doing much more that we are less aware of: Keen to live by their own rules, they challenge the prevailing patronage system based on ingrained sectarianism, nepotism and corruption.
Loveable mayor busies him/herself with meaningless Bread and Circuses events while, behind the scenes, a half-dozen unelected "deputy mayors" busy themselves with the dismantling and privatisation agenda, to the dismay of an emasculated "regional assembly" reduced to no more than an ineffectual "monitoring body" shorn of any real power.
In my view, people are called to examine their own behavior relative to what they believe the tenets of their religion teach, not to busy themselves with pointing to the behavior of others or shunning people they think are sinners.
Some relatives busy themselves with folding blankets or tidying the spaces they've been living in.
They believed young people should busy themselves with books and encyclopedias and other ridiculous forms of enlightenment.
but they mostly busy themselves with ideological discussions and the
The hoi polloi will busy themselves with their expense claims, and some of the most odious tin pot dictators in the world will add up the extra noughts in their Swiss bank accounts.
However with the stabilization of services and a dip in infection rates the staff have hardly any work to busy themselves with.he Sun quoted an insider from a centre in Swansea, South Wales as saying: "It's a complete waste of taxpayers' money.
They need to busy themselves with God's creative work and allow their hands to be used by Him, and not by the Devil.
While holidaymakers busy themselves with plans to avoid much of the chaos, the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry yesterday dismissed calls by the TUC to introduce a new autumn national holiday.
Yet when the Palestinians are the victims now at the hands of the new Nazis, Bush and his western gang turn their eyes away and busy themselves with covering their immoral lack of ethics and bankrupt conscience.
So while keyboardist Mike Barson, guitarist Chris Foreman, saxophonist Lee Thompson, bassist Mark Bedford, drummer Daniel Woodgate and singer Chas Smash busy themselves with their own projects, Graham 'Suggs' McPherson is happy presenting his own show on Virgin Radio.