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Difficult Dictations - The Beaver Part 4
"...busy as a beaver..." (simile) - an idiom (that is also a simile because it describes something using 'as') that is used to describe a person who usually has many things to do and little free time
diligent (adjective) - always giving a full effort and never quitting doing something
idiom (noun) - an expression with a meaning that is very different from the real and actual definitions of the words that make it up. The real definitions of the words are symbols for the real meaning of the expression.
The beaver has been a very important animal throughout history. It not only helped build a country, but it can also build a dam in a day! That is why the expression “busy as a beaver” is a common English idiom. The beaver is an extremely hard worker, and so it is as diligent as it is cute!