to move or act with a great show of energy (often followed by about):
He bustled about cooking breakfast.
to abound or teem with something; display an abundance of something; teem (often followed by with):
The office bustled with people and activity.
to cause to bustle; hustle.
thriving or energetic activity; stir; ferment.
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when intr, often foll by about. to hurry or cause to hurry with a great show of energy or activity
energetic and noisy activity
a cushion or a metal or whalebone framework worn by women in the late 19th century at the back below the waist in order to expand the skirt
BUSTLE. A pad stuffed with cotton, feathers, bran, &c., worn by ladies for the double purpose of giving a greater rotundity or prominence to the hips, and setting off the smallness of the waist. [Bartlett, “Dictionary of Americanisms,” 1848]
a city in Lombardy, N Italy.
a potent cytotoxic substance, C 6 H 14 O 6 S 2 , used in the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia.
noun a long garment with short sleeves and a square neckline, worn by Ugandan women, esp in S Uganda
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 […]