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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We kept ourselves busy, researching some great destinations and designing numerous exciting itineraries.
The place has lots of gym facilities and we kept ourselves busy by playing football and badminton.
From a spectator point of view I think hype is a great thing, a positive for the sport, and sport needs it, but the team doesn't need it and I suppose we have kept ourselves busy in terms of keeping ourselves focused on what we can control because the team can't get sucked into the hype because the hype isn't relevant to them.
We all miss Iolo terribly but we've kept ourselves busy with fundraising to try and help others.
When we weren't eating, we kept ourselves busy - relaxing and taking walks along the pebbled coastline.
We all kept ourselves busy whenwe weren't playing cricket, but I wasn't one of the ones who played basketball with Paul Collingwood and broke his nose.