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busy as a bee (not comparable)

  1. (simile) Very active; working constantly.
    • 1811, Jane Austen, chapter 26, in Sense and Sensibility:
      Lord, I have been as busy as a bee ever since dinner!
    • 1872Johanna 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.
    • 1914A. 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.