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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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To investigate the biological factors supporting the squirrel's cold adaptation, researchers created "hibernation in a dish." They took cells from a newborn ground squirrel and reprogrammed them to become stem cells, which are undifferentiated cells capable of becoming any type of tissue in the body Importantly, these lab-made cells, also known as induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), retained the intrinsic cold-adaptive characteristics of the adult squirrel's cells, thus providing a type of platform for studying how various kinds of the rodent's cells adapt to the cold.
Tidy up too much Leave an area of your garden to go wild - brambles, log piles, leaf piles and long grass or scrub are all perfect places for hedgehogs to make cosy a hibernation nest.
Some Glis hibernacula were excavated to examine evidence for communality during hibernation. Information regarding Glis in excavated hibernacula from this study (and others such as Morris & Hoodless 1992 and Jurczyszyn 2007) is discussed as part of potential strategic approaches to consider when preparing for future population management of Glis where they are causing damage.
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