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eager beaver

One who is industrious and enthusiastic (perhaps annoyingly so). Give that big project to the new girl, she's a real eager beaver. Aren't you an eager beaver, getting to the office an hour early.
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eager beaver

someone who is very enthusiastic; someone who works very hard. New volunteers are always eager beavers. The young assistant gets to work very early. She's a real eager beaver.
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eager beaver

An exceptionally zealous person, one who habitually takes on more tasks or works harder than others. For example, Bill is a real eager beaver, always volunteering to stay late. This expression became especially popular during World War II, applied to recruits anxious to impress their commanding officers by such behavior. [First half of 1900s]
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an eager beaver

INFORMAL
If you describe someone as an eager beaver, you mean that they are very enthusiastic about work and want very much to please other people. There are always eager beavers, people who stay behind after the talk to ask penetrating questions. Ed was the first to arrive at the office, the eager beaver! Note: Eager-beaver can also be used before a noun. If fraud became an issue, he might interest an eager-beaver lawyer in the case. Note: You usually use these expressions to show that you find someone's behaviour foolish or annoying. Note: Beavers are often associated with hard work, as they spend a lot of time building shelters and dams (= walls across rivers) out of mud and wood.
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an eager beaver

a person who is very enthusiastic about work. informal
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an eager ˈbeaver

(informal) a person who is enthusiastic about work, etc: She always starts work early and leaves late. She’s a real eager beaver.
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eager-beaver

n. a person who is very eager to do something. Rocko is an eager-beaver when it comes to collecting money for Mr. Big.
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Losing their composure is exactly what happened as the Sharks, who committed 9 penalties in the third period, including 4 by Eager which paved the way for Vancouver to score 2 power-play goals and put the game away.
The Croat soldiers at the checkpoint had kept Eager by the side of the road for over three hours.
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Industry and Trade Minister Nihat Ergun said, "Hyundai is eager to make i20 production completely in Turkey.
Tunisia eager to upgrade services business: minister (Special for CAFS) Tunisia eager to upgrade services business: minister <p>Tunisia wants to upgrade the fast growing services business to help accelerate its economic growth and trim the double digit unemployment rate, a minister said Wednesday.
Cost cutting is a natural reaction to a tough economic climate, so is freezing budgets and halting additional expenditure, but these actions can be counter-productive if they are carried out in a siloed fashion with little attention paid to long term and strategic implications," said Angela Eager, senior research analyst and the report's lead author.
3 : wanting very much : eager <She is anxious to get home.
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THE Essoldo (Ritz) cinema in Birkenhead, where Vince Eager met Billy Fury, was demolished in 2000, despite a national campaign to save it.
Colleges eager to further professionalize their data operations can participate in workshops from The Association for Institutional Research to enhance institutional capacities to make use of national databases for benchmarking.
city attorney claims that city council members are eager to legislate in favor of gay and lesbian couples today if a battle presents itself.
In June 1941, with the Germans invading Galicia, the Soviet jailers were eager to flee and eager to shoot the prisoners.
In a clear sign that buyers are still eager to purchase luxury condominiums in prime locations, over 80% of the luxury homes at 1600 Broadway on the Square, a 27-story residential and retail complex on the east side of Broadway, between West 48th and West 49th Streets, have been sold in just ninety days.
Products range from entry-level to couture, illustrating the breadth of buyers who are expected, and vendors are eager to get started with what has been reported to be packed appointment schedules.