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

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