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Difference between Busy as a bee and Busy as a beehive

busy as a bee—(of a person) full of lively activity; very busy:

  • I don’t have time to talk to you. I am as busy as a bee.

busy as a beehive(of an office, shop, etc.) crowded with customers; bustling with activity:

  • The firm was at once as busy as a beehive.