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eager beaver

One who is industrious and enthusiastic (perhaps annoyingly so). Give that big project to the new girl, she's a real eager beaver. Aren't you an eager beaver, getting to the office an hour early.
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eager beaver

someone who is very enthusiastic; someone who works very hard. New volunteers are always eager beavers. The young assistant gets to work very early. She's a real eager beaver.
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eager beaver

An exceptionally zealous person, one who habitually takes on more tasks or works harder than others. For example, Bill is a real eager beaver, always volunteering to stay late. This expression became especially popular during World War II, applied to recruits anxious to impress their commanding officers by such behavior. [First half of 1900s]
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an eager beaver

INFORMAL
If you describe someone as an eager beaver, you mean that they are very enthusiastic about work and want very much to please other people. There are always eager beavers, people who stay behind after the talk to ask penetrating questions. Ed was the first to arrive at the office, the eager beaver! Note: Eager-beaver can also be used before a noun. If fraud became an issue, he might interest an eager-beaver lawyer in the case. Note: You usually use these expressions to show that you find someone's behaviour foolish or annoying. Note: Beavers are often associated with hard work, as they spend a lot of time building shelters and dams (= walls across rivers) out of mud and wood.
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an eager beaver

a person who is very enthusiastic about work. informal
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an eager ˈbeaver

(informal) a person who is enthusiastic about work, etc: She always starts work early and leaves late. She’s a real eager beaver.
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eager-beaver

n. a person who is very eager to do something. Rocko is an eager-beaver when it comes to collecting money for Mr. Big.

eager beaver

An overzealous or extremely ambitious individual. The beaver has been known as an especially hard worker since at least the seventeenth century, on a par with busy as a bee. It was only in the twentieth century that this not-quite-rhyming expression gained currency. It was widely used for overzealous recruits during World War II who chronically disobeyed the unwritten rule, Never volunteer, and rapidly became a cliché.
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The eager beaver calls round to her house and makes a very sexy discovery, stumbling across a note reading, "In the bath waiting for you!"
And it's never helped by the eager beaver in front of you, who insists on putting their chair back just as you get your drink put down in front of you.
"I was completely the eager beaver in school and it's often not cool to be the first to put their hand up and be out there."
The two boats will replace the Eager Beaver, which for the last 15 years has picked up a total of 6,000 tonnes of junk from the Tyne.
For the past 15 years, the port and the four councils have equally funded the running of a debris collection vessel, the Eager Beaver, which operates along the Tyne.
She needs money for the legal costs to win her back, so naturally she becomes a topless dancer - at a club called the Eager Beaver. The funny thing is, this is no embarrassed bump-and-grind by a typist down on her luck.
But later this week a meeting will be held to decide on a replacement for the Eager Beaver, with an order being placed next month and the new vessel launched next summer.
Earlier Glenn Ferguson delayed his a shot a split second too long when an instant lob might have brought a goal and the eager beaver Darren Murphy blasted high over.
I'm no expert, of course, but the blokes down the Eager Beaver seem to like her and are always stuffing dollar bills down her knickers.
Inside, there is a plethora of wares on offer, ranging from clothes, to carpets, to art, to foods both local and global, and a myriad other trinkets waiting to be snapped up by the eager beavers milling around.
In the last few days the eager beavers are probably busy gathering signatures of people who want the President to resign and make the 1987 Constitution appear like a barangay/municipal ordinance.
It's easy to identify the eager beavers and the bored backbenchers.
And if they succeed, history shows that the eager beavers will probably get bought by the sluggish, established vendors in time.
Saturday - Oak Street Speakeasy with Heidi Marie, Demimonde Slumber Party, the Eager Beavers, I-Chele and the Circle of Light, basement, 915 Oak St.
LOCAL GIGS: The Eager Beavers and (inset) The Firebirds