keep (oneself) 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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keep yourself ˈbusy

find enough things to do: Since she retired she’s kept herself very busy.
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We love to keep ourselves busy and hope that the weather once again is on our side.
She added: "My brother Yazun and myself keep ourselves busy to avoid thinking about hunger.
For our own continuing development as a human person, we have to keep ourselves busy with work, and we do not stop working.
We are unable sleep properly and always keep ourselves busy at night so that we don't sleep.
We are still in shock, still devastated - my mum's not coping very well, but we try to keep ourselves busy.
A CERTAIN age group of wifies feel guilty if we don't do the washing-up or dust or iron or knit or sew and keep ourselves busy.
The reality is only starting to hit home now after the trial and it is best to keep ourselves busy.
Sometimes we keep ourselves busy because we're afraid of being alone.
We can only control the performances on the field so we must keep ourselves busy with that.
For example, we should perform the five daily prayers in congregation in the mosque; recite, listen and mull over the Holy Quran in full at least once during Ramadan; keep ourselves busy supplicating and saying Zikr (remembrance of Allah); give for charity; exchange visits; attend lectures; and advise others.
Geneva said this week: "We want to keep ourselves busy, we don't want to fade.
We try to keep ourselves busy away from training and playing.
Thankfully, in the meantime, we can keep ourselves busy looking at pictures of Sarah Jessica Parker - and the relief is that in real life she's not letting Carrie down.