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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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.
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