busman's holiday


bus·​man's holiday ˈbəs-mənz- How to pronounce busman's holiday (audio)
: a holiday spent in following or observing the practice of one's usual occupation

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web More like a busman's holiday: a tour of duty rather than a scenic tour. James Harbeck, The Week, 5 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of busman's holiday was in 1893

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“Busman's holiday.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/busman%27s%20holiday. Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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