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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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Your state lawmakers are keeping busy in these final weeks of the 84th Legislature - negotiating bills, debating on the floor and, in the House, probably helping the representatives seated near them cast votes.
But he revealed he was keeping busy despite the breakdown of his marriage.
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I want to keep busy and I think keeping busy is the most important thing.
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She is however fighting an attraction to Dave the Laugh as well, while keeping busy playing pranks (such as releasing the biology class's locusts in the caretaker's shack), visiting Paris with her classmates, bravely snitching on a group of bullies at schools, being a hockey captain, and keeping her wildcat Angus from terrorizing the neighborhood even more than usual.
I am, however, disappointed that most of the interventions cited assume the resident is in an early or moderate stage of dementia and, therefore, capable of walking and wandering or keeping busy with a task such as folding towels or sweeping floors.
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I currently don't have any time at all for a structured physical fitness regime and so my only opportunity to keep fit is by keeping busy, which entails running round from one place to another.