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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.
More males than females hibernated in buildings that housed maternity colonies (65.
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.