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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Busy
 
  Busy as a beaver.
            —Anonymous
  1
  Busy as a beehive attacked by a bear.
            —Anonymous
  2
  Busy as a boy killing snakes.
            —Anonymous
  3
  Busy as a good wife at an oven.
            —Anonymous
  4
  Busy as a hen with one chick.
            —Anonymous
  5
  Busy as a humming bird with two tails.
            —Anonymous
  6
  Busy as a one-armed paperhanger with the hives.
            —Anonymous
  7
  Busy as a pigeon at a shooting match.
            —Anonymous
  8
  Busy as squirrels in a wheel.
            —Anonymous
  9
  Busy as a ticking clock.
            —Anonymous
  10
  Busy as a hen with fifteen chickens in a barnyard.
            —J. R. Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms
  11
  Busy as a cross-eyed boy at a three-ring circus.
            —Rex Beach
  12
  Busy as a child at play.
            —Samuel Butler
  13
  Busy as a cow’s tail in fly time.
            —James Fenimore Cooper
  14
  Busy as the devil in a gale of wind.
            —Sir John Denham
  15
  Busy as the day is long.
            —Vincent Stuckey Lean (Collectanea)
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  Busie as a bee.
            —John Lyly
  17
  Busy as the day.
            —Thomas Babington Macaulay
  18
  Death … was busy as on a battle field.
            —John Skelton
  19
  As busy as bees in a glass hive.
            —James Smith
  20
  Busy as the brooks.
            —Henry D. Thoreau
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  Busy as horses in a field of clover.
            —John Wolcott
  22
  Busy as a wren.
            —William Wordsworth
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  Busy as the lightning.
            —William Wordsworth
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