Definition of a busman's holiday in English:

a busman's holiday


  • A holiday or form of recreation that involves doing the same thing that one does at work.

    ‘a fire crew's Christmas outing turned into a busman's holiday when their coach caught fire’
    • ‘It is a working summer holiday, a busman's holiday - you come over, get muddy and call it a holiday.’
    • ‘By planning to cook and paint (another talent) his way across the country, with radio interviews and promotions en route, the trip will be something of a busman's holiday.’
    • ‘‘There's nothing on that list that is a beach read, or even a busman's holiday,’ Peter Osnos, of the PublicAffairs publishing house, told the Los Angeles Times.’
    • ‘Going out for a meal would be a bit of a busman's holiday.’
    • ‘Indeed, it would be hard to think of a more clubbable bunch than the society of nations, with their endless get-togethers and busman's holidays.’
    • ‘But the moment his superiors in Greater Manchester Police heard about it, the Stockport officer's self-funded trip to America turned into a busman's holiday.’
    • ‘As a Transit Information Center representative who gives out route info over the phone, he's doing his version of a busman's holiday.’
    • ‘Having recently completed the music for the new Harry Potter film, Cocker takes a busman's holiday to play a few of his favourite records.’
    • ‘I've had eight years with the under-21s and regard it as a busman's holiday.’
    • ‘Harold, of Breightmet, Bolton, said: ‘It certainly was a busman's holiday.’’