follow Dictionary.com

Is Tuesday named for a one-handed god?

busman's holiday

noun
1.
a vacation or day off from work spent in an activity closely resembling one's work, as a bus driver taking a long drive.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for busman's holiday
  • But our day off turned out to be pretty much a busman's holiday anyway.
British Dictionary definitions for busman's holiday

busman's holiday

/ˈbʌsmənz/
noun
1.
(informal) a holiday spent doing the same sort of thing as one does at work
Word Origin
C20: alluding to a bus driver having a driving holiday
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
busman's holiday in Culture

busman's holiday definition


A vacation during which a person engages in activity that is the same as or similar to his or her usual employment: “Our Spanish professor had a busman's holiday this year; she spent her entire vacation doing research in Spain.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with busman's holiday

busman's holiday

Free time spent in much the same pursuit as one's work. For example, Weather permitting, the lifeguard spent all her days off at the beach—a real busman's holiday. The term alludes to a bus driver spending his day off taking a long bus ride. [ Late 1800s ]
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for busman's holiday

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for busman

10
14
Scrabble Words With Friends