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(as) black as a skillet

Completely black; totally without light or color. The basement gives me the creeps, it's as black as a skillet down there! Is this meatloaf supposed to be black as a skillet? How long did you cook it for? My hands were black as a skillet after working on that filthy engine all day.
See also: black, skillet

(as) busy as popcorn on a skillet

Constantly busy, active, or occupied (with something). I'm currently choreographing three plays, so I'm busy as popcorn on a skillet. Can we meet next week instead? I'm just as busy as popcorn on a skillet right now. Between working two part-time jobs, volunteering on the weekends, and looking after his little brother, Sam's been busy as popcorn on a skillet this summer.
See also: busy, on, popcorn, skillet

home skillet

1. slang A friendly term of address. What's up, home skillet? Hey home skillet, how're you doing?
2. slang A friend. Teddy's my home skillet—he'll help us out.
See also: home, skillet


1. slang A friendly term of address. What's up, homeslice? Hey homeslice, how're you doing?
2. slang A friend. Teddy's my homeslice—he'll help us out.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*black as a skillet

 and *black as a stack of black cats; *black as a sweep; *black as coal; *black as night; *black as pitch; *black as the ace of spades
completely dark or black. (*Also: as ~.) I don't want to go down to the cellar. It's as black as a skillet down there. Her hair was black as a stack of black cats. After playing in the mud all morning, the children were as black as night. The stranger's clothes were all black as pitch.
See also: black, skillet

*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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


and home skillet
n. a homeboy; a homegirl. Ask my homeslice over there if he wants to go with you. Sure I know Davy. He’s my home skillet.

home skillet

See also: home, skillet
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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