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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In the alternative, keeping yourself busy with household chores, games, sports and reading as well as religious activities will keep your mind away from missing your husband.
Sometimes distraction and keeping yourself busy is the best way to heal.
Unless you just shut yourself off and numb out watching TV, or bide your time keeping yourself busy doing things, then you just have to express that somehow for scientists, through study and research, for writers through poetry or story, or history maybe, people do it in 20,000 ways, searching for excellence that tries to live up to all of this around us.
Keeping yourself busy on a normal day is one thing and is not as hard, but one of the most important reasons for fasting during Ramadan is to get closer to Allah and realise how the unfortunate feel not having food or water, not even a date, to break their fast.
Experts have suggested that keeping yourself busy in extra-curricular activities like sports and art should help avoid stress in school or university.
He advises - along with Mind Cymru - some simple steps to save yourself from misery - including keeping yourself busy, volunteering to help a local charity to whittle the hours away and keeping yourself active, while being careful not to over-indulge.
He says some simple steps could save you from misery, including keeping yourself busy, volunteering to help a local charity and keeping yourself active, while being careful not to over-indulge.
These include health, relaxation and taking pleasure in the small things in life, freedom and courage, keeping yourself busy, finding a job you love, experiencing new things, and realising money isn't everything.
SUMMERSCOPE You should do a good job this summer of keeping yourself busy.
By keeping yourself busy you're less inclined to reach for the nearest bag of chips.
Most of all, though, I think it's keeping yourself busy and enjoying life that keeps you young.
Attending seminars, training courses and keeping yourself busy will bring you closer to wealth and happiness.
I believe in keeping yourself busy and surrounding myself with friends and family.
You'd be better off, and much happier, keeping yourself busy by developing a network of friends and social activities and getting involved in volunteer projects.