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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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Jim retired in 1982, but still keeps busy with his cycling, golf and dancing, and during his youth he played football and took part in athletics with the Godiva Harriers.
Meanwhile, the grade-schooler keeps busy in her three favorite activities: singing, studying and swimming.
Dave Goree of Energy-Liberty, also in Asheville, keeps busy installing bio-diesel conversion kits on cars for folks too busy to make their own fuel, but more than happy to recycle the waste oil.
She keeps busy as an actress, a nightclub opera singer, a soloist at church, a cook and as the 2000 Ms.
Immediately prior to the talks, Salvatore keeps busy with a team of Proskauer lawyers preparing for any contingency.
He is never late, he never complains, he keeps busy and he can work unsupervised.
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Personalization features include "the Roadie," a unique character that keeps busy music fans connected to their favorite music and news.
After 80 years working in the missionary society, she still keeps busy through phone work, counseling and praying for the needy, sick and shut in.
Dottie keeps busy with sewing and decorating, and exercising at a gym three times a week.
When she is not pushing the engineering envelope, Maguire, a mom and an avid sports fan, keeps busy cheering the accomplishments of her two-year-old son and her favorite college and professional sports teams.
1 -- color) A smiling Jessica Rips, 3, keeps busy playing with toys while her mother picks out items at The Right Start store in Tarzana.
Lorme, a father of three teens, keeps busy with soccer games and family activities in between hikes and committees he serves on for the Sierra Club.
Anthony Stavropoulos is an 18-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department and Peggy Stavropoulos keeps busy with her children's blossoming careers doing print work and bit parts in motion pictures.
A native of Derbyshire, England, Barker's younger sister Laura, 15, also keeps busy as a shot putter and discus thrower on the track team and played on Canyon's junior varsity soccer team.