Definition of up and doing in English:

up and doing


  • Active; busy.

    ‘a normal young chap wants to be up and doing’
    • ‘I was already exhausted when I wrote this, and have been up and doing pretty much ever since.’
    • ‘Consequently, it will not do to sit down quietly at home and wait for one to come, but a person must be up and doing and on the chase!’
    • ‘But the West so often wants to be up and doing, and so often thinks that things can be fixed.’
    • ‘Groaning in the need to be up and doing… she sat up and held her head for a moment.’