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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!
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*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.
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*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.
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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.
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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

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Fry pieces in 1/2 inch hot oil in a skillet over medium heat, 25 to 30 minutes, turning often, until cooked through.
The Eterna skillets were sold nationwide by Kmart stores from April through May 1998 for about $30.
received distribution approval from prominent natural foods retailer Wild Oats for its Blue Horizon Organic brand Shrimp Skillet Meals, featuring sustainable seafood and top quality organic ingredients.
The number of skillets for sale was mind boggling to us because Velveeta Cheesy Skillets makes skillet cooking deliciously cheesy and easy," said Tiphanie Maronta, Senior Brand Manager for Velveeta Convenient Meals.
Dry-roast sesame seeds in a small nonstick skillet over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes, shaking skillet occasionally.
Fresh, quality food at a great value is always in season at Shoney's and we are thrilled to feature our savory Southern Skillets," said David Davoudpour, Chairman and CEO of Shoney's.
is to spread the batter very quickly in the hot skillet so it will not solidify before it coats the bottom of the pan.
The combined cell animation/live action continues in the restaurant scene where the characters gobble the contents of their breakfast skillets.
This month, the restaurant chain will unveil new coffee blends as well as introduce a new limited-time "Complete Skillet Meals" menu, 14 additions to the already extensive core menu and a revamped $2,$4,$6,$8 Value Menu (TM).
Description: This recall involves Technique brand enamel-coated 8-inch cast iron skillets with two pour spouts and a ribbed underside.
Available in three flavors -- Sausage, Ham and Southwest Style -- Jimmy Dean Skillets are a quick and easy to prepare weekend-style breakfast for any day of the week.
12 Cast Iron Skillets, matching pre-seasoned 10" and 12" cast iron skillet lids, the FINEX No.
Cook's Note: Old cast-iron skillets are marked with a number near the handle.
Refiners, and he was charged with attempted fraud in the sale of one of these skillets.
Haying created the "Made in America" art piece last year--where all 50 states were represented in skillets--the American Skillet Company now offers Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois skillets at retail.