This post looks at idioms and expressions using bees and honey.
Busy as a bee
= to be really busy
I’m so tired. I’ve been as busy as a bee all day cleaning the house and doing the garden.
= someone who is very busy
Have you really done all that today? Wow. You’ve been a busy bee.
The bee’s knees
= really good and important
John’s new electric car is amazing. It really is the bee’s knees!
My manager annoys me. He thinks he’s the bee’s knees.
A bee in your bonnet
= to keep thinking and talking about something that you think is important
My husband has a real bee in his bonnet about the neighbour’s dog. It barks every time my husband is in the garden.
The birds and the bees
= a gentle way of saying sex and how babies are made
What is the best age to tell your children about the birds and the bees?
= lips that are particularly full
Brigitte Bardot had perfect, bee-stung lips.
Make a bee-line
= to move quickly to a particular place, usually the bathroom or a bar
Phillip drinks too much. Whenever he goes to a party, he always makes a beeline for the bar and stays there all evening.
= a competition where competitors must spell difficult words and the winner spells the most words correctly.
My daughter has entered this year’s National Spelling Bee.
= an expression of affection
Hi, Honey, I’m home!
- = use of an attractive person to try to get someone to reveal information
Mi6 used a honey trap to discover the hiding place of the billionaire criminal.
- = somewhere or something that is very attractive and attracts a lot of people
Paris is a honey trap for tourists.
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