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busy bee

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n busy bee an alert and energetic person
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Quotations

  • Kin Hubbard
    Kin%20Hubbard
    “A bee is never as busy as it seems; it's just that it can't buzz any slower.”
  • Alexander Pope
    Alexander%20Pope
    “A person who is too nice an observer of the business of the crowd, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity.”
  • Alexander Pope
    Alexander%20Pope
    “One who is too wise an observer of the business of others, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity.”
  • Mary O'Connor
    Mary O'Connor
    “It's not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy. The bee is praised. The mosquito is swatted.”

Idioms

Busy as a bee - If you are as busy as a bee, you are very busy indeed.
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Usage

In literature:

When J. Harold Cuthbert met Gladys, she had got as far as bein' a saleslady in the Busy Bee, Frisco.
"Kid Scanlan" by H. C. Witwer
I loved fussing with it, I shopped like a bee, and this kept me busy all Autumn.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
Then others came pouring in, and we ladies were busy as bees doing the honors.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
You are a busy bee, and still keep storing up your honey.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
He was busy as a bee gnawing at his leg.
"Happy Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
So some women of the industrious, busy-bee order formed a society to look after the artists' models.
"With the French in France and Salonika" by Richard Harding Davis
Before one of these a man was kneeling, busied with the bees.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
Lord, I have been as busy as a bee ever since dinner!
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
Messrs. Curtain & Collamore are coming to make the rooms up, and her mother is busy as a bee getting us in order.
"Household Papers and Stories" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
She was busy hiving a swarm of bees, alone and unassisted.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 8, January, 1851" by Various
A busy bee got after one and then there were but five.
"Peggy Raymond's Vacation" by Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
By the hum as of busy bees to the right, I locate the schoolrooms, and come on the office of the Mother Superior Aquinias.
"Through Our Unknown Southwest" by Agnes C. Laut
My job with the BEE kept me busy every day of the 279-day year.
"To Choke an Ocean" by Jesse F. (Jesse Franklin) Bone
Do you recollect, my little man, `How doth the little busy bee,' eh?
"Sir Hilton's Sin" by George Manville Fenn
He was as busy as a bee, here, there and everywhere, and practically doing all the work himself.
"The Bright Side of Prison Life" by Samuel A. Swiggett
A drowsy hum like the drone of bees seemed to float up from the busy city below.
"Due North or Glimpses of Scandinavia and Russia" by Maturin M. Ballou
I have been here a whole week, and as for being busy, I think the proverbial bee would have to give me points.
"Windyridge" by W. Riley
Ma was as busy as a bee.
"The White Queen of Okoyong" by W.P. Livingstone
Ah, they were as busy as bees.
"From Bull Run to Appomattox" by Luther W. Hopkins
I wonder if you will hum as well in India, Busy Bee, or whether the hot, sultry air there will cause you to be drowsy.
"Tales of the Toys, Told by Themselves" by Frances Freeling Broderip
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In poetry:

With wasps and bees my busy bill
Sucks ill from good, and good from ill.
Humil'ty makes my pride to grow,
And pride aspiring lays me low.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
High in the apple-trees the bees
    Are humming, busy in the sun;
An idle robin cries for rain
    But once or twice, and then is done.
"At Home from Church" by Sarah Orne Jewett
The Lady at the Hall has given him a light task,
He works in the gardens as busy as a bee;
One hand is but a stump and his face a pitted mask;
The gay soul goes singing like a bird set free.
"The Broken Soldier" by Katharine Tynan
Besides there was extracted honey in a show glass
And for quality twas said non could it surpass
Likewise In a glass a variety of busy little bees
All working away in their cells at their ease.
"The Dundee Flower Show:Dedicated to the Right Honourable Earl of Dalhousie" by William Topaz McGonagall
Velvety bees make busy hum;
Green flies and striped wasps go and come;
The butterflies gleam white;
Blue-burning, vaporous, to and fro
The dragon-flies like arrows go,
Or hang in moveless flight:—
"The Child-Mother" by George MacDonald
There the tourist can enjoy himself and while away the hours,
Underneath the lime trees shady bowers,
And listen to the humming of the busy bees,
While they are busy gathering honey from the lime trees.
"Loch Leven" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Jillian Pritchard Cooke, owner of Bee in Atlanta, follows this piece of business advice: Keep your overhead low, cash on hand and know your target market.
Busy Bees pre-kindergarten back for another year.
Several defense tech suppliers are busy turning bees and bugs into cyborgs, or micro UAVs -- tiny, living version of unmanned drones.
Bees not as busy as we think.
Work crews are busy as bees with the grand opening of Harlingen's Bass Pro Shop right around the corner.
Our periodic collection of business trends ponders the fate of the worker bee.
The Meadow Busy Bees worked at the Iowa 4-H camp in Madrid, Iowa, cleaning up one of their cabins.
As Swarms Startle New York, Officer on Bee Beat Stays Busy.
Busy Bees pre- kindergarten back for another year.
PALISADE, Colo.- As most folks celebrate this Labor Day with a day off from work, some are staying as busy as bees.
Cullman's Busy Bee Cafe gets back menu it lost in April 27, 2011 tornado (update).
Seattle's bees stay busy along the Pollinator Pathway .
The Busy Bee Gourmet can help.
Bees need not recognize human faces when going about their pollination business.
Emily Bonar and her mother, Kitty Foster, both of Moundsville, said they were such frequent shoppers at Let It Bee Boutique resale shop in Centre Market, Wheeling, that the previous owners called to ask them to buy the business.
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