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(as) busy as a peddler

Very busy and industrious. I'm currently choreographing three plays, so I'm as busy as a peddler at the moment. Tom's always busy as a peddler working on some project or another.
See also: busy, peddler

pill peddler

slang Someone, especially a medical doctor, who is authorized to prescribe medication. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Being a psychiatrist is about a whole lot more than being a pill peddler—medication should be the very last resort when treating a patient. You shouldn't go to some pill peddler every time you have a cough. You're body doesn't need all those drugs in it.
See also: peddler, pill

*busy as a beaver (building a new dam)

 and *busy as a bee; *busy as a one-armed paperhanger; *busy as Grand Central Station; *busy as a cat on a hot tin roof; *busy as a fish peddler in Lent; *busy as a cranberry merchant (at Thanksgiving); *busy as popcorn on a skillet
very busy. (*Also: as ~.) My boss keeps me as busy as a one-armed paperhanger. I don't have time to talk to you. I'm as busy as a beaver. When the tourist season starts, this store is busy as Grand Central Station. Sorry I can't go to lunch with you. I'm as busy as a beaver building a new dam. Prying into other folks' business kept him busy as popcorn on a skillet.
See also: beaver, busy

busy as a beaver

Also, busy as a bee. Hardworking, very industrious, as in With all her activities, Sue is always busy as a bee, or Bob's busy as a beaver trying to finish painting before it rains. The comparison to beavers dates from the late 1700s, the variant from the late 1300s. Also see eager beaver; work like a beaver.
See also: beaver, busy


and pill-roller and pill-peddler
n. a nickname for a physician. I went to the infirmary, but the pill-pusher wasn’t in. The lousy pill-roller just gave me some aspirin.


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In this retelling, peddlers did not take to the road as a last resort or after failing to succeed in more settled industries such as the needle trade.
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Finding themselves in strange lands among people with strange languages and customs, the peddlers set out with heavy packs on their backs, braving the elements and robbers to make a living selling all manner of goods to the locals.
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In sixth operation, the ANF Rawalpindi recovered 130 gram heroin from a local drug peddler identified as Zafar Mehmood who was arrested form Alipur Farash, Islamabad.
A perfume that costs up to SR600 can be bought for less than SR200 at a wholesaler's store," said Um Yahya, another door-to-door Saudi peddler.
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