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busy work

Menial activities, tasks, or chores meant to occupy time, more so than to accomplish anything productive. I actually wanted to learn more about fossils, but the substitute teacher just gave us busy work to do.
See also: busy, work

busy work

Activity meant to take up time but not actually be productive. For example, We have to put in an eight-hour day, even if we do nothing but busy work. [c. 1840]
See also: busy, work
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I've done my share of filing, tidying up and general busy work in slow times, and I am grateful to be able to maintain my income doing whatever is necessary for the company.
To suggest that physicians also pitch in to do busy work is utterly ridiculous.
28 ( ANI ): Putting their busy work schedules aside, Jennifer Aniston and her husband Justin Theroux are spending some quality time together in Mexico this New Year's weekend.
WORD SEARCH Finally, of somewhat less magnitude but still a valid pet peeve, is the practice of offering students extra credit for busy work. The chief culprit here is the nearly ubiquitous Word Search.
Just imagine the look on a physician's face if he or she were told to do "busy work" when the work flow slowed down.
It is time that management realized that to keep good people on staff, they must recognize that we don't need the added stress of trying to satisfy their need to see us doing busy work. It can be emotionally draining just to tend to patient-related duties and give patients the quality care they deserve.
Sadie also confessed she's worried their busy work schedules could damage their romance, explaining that theduo doesn't spend enough time at their marital home.
David Ceci, the bank's vice president for marketing and public relations, said the branch's hours were designed to accommodate the needs of today's busy work force.
Summary: It seems Angelina Jolie's six children help their mum balance her busy work and home life.
According to the Rescue 112 officials, as many as seven labourers were busy work of an under construction marriage hall, where some pillars and outer walls suddenly collapsed on the labourers with big bang.
"It's perfect to fit between their busy work and social schedules."
TV STAR Caroline Quentin has refused to let her pregnancy get in the way of her busy work schedule.
Summary: Angelina Jolie has said it is thanks to her "wonderful man" Brad Pitt that she is able to have a busy work and home life:
A spokeswoman said: "With busy work schedules, it seems that dads are really struggling to find the time to take children to the park to kick a ball or play on the swings."