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    busy (v), busy (n)

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    Don’t busy yourself with this, Frank, this is my affair entirely.

    busy (v) = engage, meddle, interest

    He looks as a busy.

    busy (n) = detective

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    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    He looks as a busy.
    Where does this sentence come from?

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    Re: busy (v), busy (n)

    busy (n) = детектив, агент, сыщикHe looks like a busy. — У него внешность детектива.


    Jandex English Russian Dictionary

    then the police got busy


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    #4

    Re: busy (v), busy (n)

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    busy (n) = детектив, агент, сыщикHe looks like a busy. — У него внешность детектива.


    Jandex English Russian Dictionary


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    Not a teacher only a native.

    'He looks like a busy' is not correct English. Is it possibly a corruption of, 'He looks like a busybody'?

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    #5

    Re: busy (v), busy (n)

    Hi shroob,

    Thank you for your modification.

    I was also astonished by my random reading of the mentioned above interpretation.

    Thank you again for your kindness.

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    #6

    Re: busy (v), busy (n)

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    busy (n) = детектив, агент, сыщикHe looks like a busy. — У него внешность детектива.
    The word "busy" is not present on the pages you have linked to, nor is the sentence

    У него внешность детектива.

    As shroob said, "busy" is not a noun.

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    #7

    Re: busy (v), busy (n)

    «busy»

    everyone who has eyes may see the last lines of the link above

    There is a very cautionary work of a very famous classic:

    The Taming of the Shrew

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    Re: busy (v), busy (n)

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    «busy»

    everyone who has eyes may see the last lines of the link above

    There is a very cautionary work of a very famous classic:

    The Taming of the Shrew

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    Am I the shrew? Thank you for providing a proper link. I have done some searching and it seems that it does exist as a piece of very obscure British slang. It also seems that it is spelled "bizzie" by some of its users. The most detailed information I was able to find is here (starting from the second page). The meaning is not mentioned by any major dictionary. The sentence

    He looks as a busy.

    gets only one hit in Google, that is this thread. BYU corpora don't have a single example of the nominal use of "busy".

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    #9

    Re: busy (v), busy (n)

    For the sake of those following this thread, I'd like to add that the use of "get busy" is fine. Unless I'm totally wrong. I think this point needs clarifying.

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    Contrary to my normal habit my hobby is discovering of unusual unaccustomed words and phrases which are out of the ordinary and shock the itching ears of the regular diehards.



    I stand in awe of every benevolent amendment of my speculations but I am ready to write off as beneath my notice every fiddling criticism even if I hear it from an academic's mouth.


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