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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.
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.