busman's holiday

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First recorded in 1893 in the UK. The idea is that a busman, to go off on a holiday, would take an excursion by bus, thereby engaging in a similar activity to his work.

Noun[edit]

busman's holiday (plural busman's holidays)

  1. (idiomatic) A holiday or vacation during which one does something similar to what one does as work.

References[edit]

  • "Busman's holiday" in Michael Quinion, Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds, 2004.