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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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In contrast, caves in Europe have been reported to contain many, if not hundreds, of hibernating Glis (Polak 1997, Krystufek & Flajsman 2007).
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The fungus may interrupt bat sleep patterns and causes the hibernating bats to awaken, depleting their fat reserves and causing starvation.
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