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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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That was the only site in which the bats regularly hibernated in insulation, and the increase here reflected our increased proficiency in finding bats in insulation at that particular site.
A mild winter means more have hibernated than ever before and now they are about to wake up.
We could identify nearly all bats on species level, except some of the Myotis bats, which hibernated in deeper crevices.
We now know that none of our birds do this, although until a couple of hundred years ago some well-respected naturalists were convinced that swallows and martins hibernated in ponds.
Other Australian dinosaurs from this time had lines of growth in their bones, which suggests they may have hibernated through the cold, suggests Vickers-Rich.
In addition, although they initiated hibernation at the normal time, four of the altered animals hibernated for a month after the intact creatures emerged.
The squirrels dug burrows in the cages and hibernated for eight months starting in September, Barnes writes.
Moreover, because the animals were small, they could have crawled into a hole and hibernated for the winter, which would have been cold, with temperatures possibly dipping below freezing, says Patricia Rich.