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(as) busy as a hibernating bear

Not busy at all; inactive. He says he has no time to help our charity, but I know that he's off from school right now and busy as a hibernating bear!
See also: bear, busy, hibernate

*busy as a hibernating bear

not busy at all. (*Also: as ~.) Tom: I can't go with you. I'm busy. Jane: Yeah. You're as busy as a hibernating bear. He lounged on the sofa all day, busy as a hibernating bear.
See also: bear, busy, hibernate
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This was a surprise, because all other mammals known to hibernate rely on metabolic spikes to periodically raise their body temperatures.
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The shorter hibernating period was another threat which led to significant decline in the population of several species including marmots, chipmunks and brown bears, they said, adding that all these animals were either having shorter hibernating period or not hibernate at all due to global warming.
Species such as the Brimstone, Comma, Peacock and Small Tortoise-T shell hibernate over winter months.
Q What is the difference between sleep, hibernate and shut down mode for my computer?
Lots of animals hibernate, but fat dormice do so for seven or eight months.
A Squirrels do not hibernate in the true sense of the word in the way that bats and dormice do.
However, it is the ability to hibernate that is possibly the most remarkable method animals use to survive the cold and sparse food supply of winter.
Some mammals will hibernate, with bats looking for warm, dry zones in tunnels or old ice houses, and hedgehogs squirrelling themselves away to survive the months when the insects they eat have either died out or gone into hiding.
Fat-tailed dwarf lemurs, from Madagascar, hibernate for up to seven months of the year to conserve energy during the island's long winter dry season, during which little food and water is available.
For example, honey bees make their nests of wax, while wasps make them of paper, and honey bees do not hibernate, while wasps and bumble bees can hibernate over winter.