keep 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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References in classic literature ?
Carmintel also bothered us, for he kept us busy among the shad-fishers of San Pablo, so that we had little time to spare on the King of the Greeks.
"These two pups kept us busy from the moment they arrived," said Tracy Deakins, senior trainer at Shedd Aquarium, in the release.
'We enjoyed his company in the snow-capped mountains because he always kept us busy and happy,' recalled Mr Nawab.
Park events have kept us busy and Branch members hosted a BBQ for the campers' annual clean up day in April.
On his part, Xavier Bettel, PM of Luxembourg told the joint press conference that "Greece has kept us busy for the past few weeks; Sunday's referendum in Greece will have consequences," he said, noting that the UK will also hold a referendum in 2017 on its EU membership.
From lions and leopards to meerkats and the Malayan Sun Bear, there was loads to see and it easily kept us busy all day.
The reception we have had to a conflict free real estate platform has kept us busy assisting clients and companies, and that is helping drive our growth.
The huge volumes that we have been getting have kept us busy and we have also started relying on some sub contractors to fulfil our demands."
Yet their budgetary problems have kept us busy for a long time", he said, pointing out that EU member states' national budgets are interdependent.
But first it was a trip to the salad bar - an endless variety of mezze, greens, breads and other tid-bits that kept us busy until our orders arrived.
Built in the Renaissance style, the Palace of Charles V looks out of place, but its two wonderful museums - the Museo de Alhambra and Museo de Bellas Artes - kept us busy for hours.
"He kept us busy up to Christmas Eve last year - and there was only one sighting of him running away across the golf course."
Our mission was to show how corporations, governments, universities and other users have profited from network technology.<p>You have kept us busy doing that.
"It's hard to find things to do all day long, but this kept us busy," he said while Tiara, a fifth-grader at Arts and Technology Academy, created a sketch with her pencil.
Bikes, boats, beer, and food--those activities kept us busy. We explored scarce spots in the city, but the real highlight was going up to this mountain named the Preikestolen.