busman's holiday

bus·​man's holiday | \ ˈbəs-mənz- How to pronounce busman's holiday (audio) \

Definition of busman's holiday

: a holiday spent in following or observing the practice of one's usual occupation

Examples of busman's holiday in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Patrick McManus, among the most popular humor writers in the world, is going fishing --a busman's holiday during a recent book-signing tour that brought him to Portland. Bill Monroe, OregonLive.com, "RIP Pat McManus, a master outdoor humorist and teacher," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of busman's holiday

1893, in the meaning defined above

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“Busman's holiday.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/busman%27s%20holiday. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of busman's holiday

: a holiday that you spend doing the same kind of thing that you usually do for your job

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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