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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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It was so important to have some sort of example of that present with us on the wedding day, 53 countries as well, my goodness, it'll keep us busy" The Duchess of Sussex on the 53 Commonwealth countries which were incorporated into her wedding dress.
No deal, no problem" Nigel Farage, former Ukip leader "It was so important to have some sort of example of that present with us on the wedding day, 53 countries as well, my goodness, it'll keep us busy" The Duchess of Sussex on the 53 Commonwealth countries which were incorporated into her wedding dress "She looked like she was staggering about lost and drunk at a party" Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood's verdict on TV style expert Susannah Costantine's "car crash" performance on the show
"It was so important to have some sort of example of that present with us on the wedding day, 53 countries as well, my goodness, it'll keep us busy" - The Duchess of Sussex on the 53 Commonwealth countries which were incorporated into her wedding dress.
'No real rush because we have enough to keep us busy for the next three years.
'India wants to keep us busy in fighting terrorism it has unleashed so as to keep us away from Kashmir,' Khawaja Asif revealed.
brHe alleged that India was fomenting terrorism on the working boundary and on the Afghan border."India wants to keep us busy in fighting terrorism it has unleashed so as to keep us away from Kashmir," Khawaja Asif revealed.