Busy-as-a-beaver



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 beaver
work like a beaver

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