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the quality or condition of being busy.
lively but meaningless activity.
Historical Examples

Small Gardens Violet Purton Biddle
Lore of Proserpine Maurice Hewlett
Private letters of Edward Gibbon (1753-1794) Volume 2 (of 2) Edward Gibbon
The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson – Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25) Robert Louis Stevenson
The Thing from the Lake Eleanor M. Ingram
A Case in Camera Oliver Onions
The Walking Delegate Leroy Scott
The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad Edward John Thompson
The Meaning of Faith Harry Emerson Fosdick
The Disturbing Charm Berta Ruck



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