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Busman’s holiday

A busman’s holiday is a vacation during which a person engages in the same sort of activity that he does at work. To an observer, a busman’s holiday wouldn’t seem to be much of a vacation at all. Busman’s holiday is a British term, probably stemming from the practice in the latter half of the 1800s for the working class to take bus day-trips on holidays, a bus driver who went on such a trip would be going on a busman’s holiday. Some say the idea of a busman’s holiday is based on a joke. Busman’s holiday is a universal English phrase, however busman is mostly a British term. The corresponding American term is bus driver.


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The break provided the players with a chance to recharge their batteries, but goaltender Ben Scrivens — who will back up Mike Condon Tuesday —literally took a busman’s holiday. His wife, Jenny, is a goaltender with the New York Riveters of the National Women’s Hockey League and he jumped on the team bus for a weekend road trip to Buffalo. (The Montreal Gazette)

He said: “We all work in transport and we just thought it would be great fun to have a busman’s holiday around Wales. (The South Wales Argus)

“I’ve followed (Kooi’s) work, and for me — this is like a busman’s holiday as I try to go to as many of these types of things as I can,” Lackman said. “When I’m on vacation somewhere, I’ll often go and visit a local prison. I’m a social worker, and I think we need to learn about the reasons kids get in trouble. We need a different approach.” (The Chicago Tribune)

During a Busman’s Holiday, captain Alan Sherman of Get Em Sportfishing Charters sight casted to a 30-pound sailfish that was chasing ballyhoo schools in 14 feet of water offshore of Elliot Key. (The Miami Herald)

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