Definition of working bee in English:

working bee

noun

NZ, Australian
  • An occasion when volunteers come together to carry out communal work.

    ‘many a working bee was organized to improve the facilities’
    • ‘If the clean-up was a success, a similar working bee could be held in other parts of Lismore.’
    • ‘To keep the weeds in check, regular monthly working bees are held.’
    • ‘A gatekeeper at the ground said working bees used to be held to comb the surface for larger rocks.’
    • ‘We had 11 people here at Saturday's working bee sanding, painting, scrubbing, cleaning, hanging blinds, and moving furniture.’
    • ‘These shareholder weekends are an occasion for becoming involved in working bees., and for communing with nature and reflecting.’
    • ‘They have working bees once a month to come and check the chooks are all healthy and fix the fences.’
    • ‘He continues to organise working bees and raise funds.’
    • ‘Weeds have been dealt with in the time-honoured way; a working bee of friends and family with various implements and many hands.’
    • ‘It is more difficult to find someone to coach the children's teams, or to turn up for the school working bees on a Saturday morning.’
    • ‘"In the early days we used to have working bees almost every week," George said.’