busy as a bee
  • (America) IPA: /ˈbɪziæzəˈbiː/


busy as a bee (not comparable)

  1. (simile, idiom) Very active; working constantly.
    • 1872 — Johanna Spyri, Heidi, ch. 16 (translated)
      Heidi ran backwards and forwards as busy as a bee and brought out everything she could find in the cupboard, for she did not know how to be pleased enough that she could help to entertain the doctor.
    • 1914 — A. E. W. Mason, The Witness for the Defence, ch. XVIII
      There was his father bending over his papers at his writing-table before the window, busy as a bee no doubt at some new enthusiasm which was destined to infuriate his neighbours.

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