keep busy


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keep (oneself) busy

To remain occupied (with something); to ensure that one is not idle or bored. I found that I had to keep myself busy while I was grieving. I just couldn't bear to sit still, or else I would start thinking about everything that happened. I bought a bunch of coloring books and board games so the kids can keep themselves busy during the break from school.
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keep busy

1. To stay active and engaged in many pursuits. I haven't seen you in so long! Have you been keeping busy? A: "How have you been?" B: "Oh, you know, keeping busy. That's what happens when you have three kids!" I try to keep busy when I'm off during the summer, but many days I find myself just wallowing in the pool.
2. To ensure that one is occupied. In this usage, a person's name or pronoun appears between "keep" and "busy." Keep the kids busy while I wrap these presents. I've been trying to keep myself busy while I look for a job, but I won't lie, the days are long. I'm sure all this homework will keep you busy.
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Sure, the information society can never have enough riveters and air raid wardens, but how many kids can America really keep busy with homeland defense or highway median beautification?
After working on a skilled dementia unit of a retirement community, I can relate to the need for dementia residents to keep busy.
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IRISH middleweight prospect Andy Lee is so eager to keep busy he is going to fight twice in a fortnight.
And he added: "I want to have six fights this year and I want to really keep busy and move up the rankings.
The unbeaten Cook, from Dagenham, a former British, Commonwealth and European ruler, has been promised by promoter Frank Warren that his world title chance will come this year, but needs to keep busy.
Until then, they will keep busy with a whole new set of projects.
After my wife died, it kept me going because it gave me something to get up and do and keep busy.
I just want to keep busy playing music, and making as many records as I can.
It's good to keep busy," she always told me growing up, "keeps you out of mischief.
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It is not easy but it does get better as time goes on - you have to keep busy.
KEEP busy and try not to think about your age too much - that was the advice of a North Wales community stalwart as she celebrated her 100th birthday this weekend.