hive of activity

hive of activity

A hive of activity refers to many activities happening simultaneously, but which is organised in nature, like a hive that is constantly buzzing, and active but every bee has its specific job.

Meaning

  • a very busy place
  • somewhere where there are lots of activities taking place at the same time
  • a non-chaotic activity hub
  • a place where people put in a lot of hard work

Example Sentences

  1. The restaurant on this weekend will be a hive of activities.
  2. She changes her home to a summer spa every year at the time of the vacations. It is always a hive of activities at such times.
  3. His factory is an absolute sight! It is a hive of activities and everyone seems to know exactly what they have to do.
  4. I love coming to the railway stations because it is such a hive of activities out here.
  5. A successful wedding always looks like a hive of activities before it commences.
  6. The police station was a hive of activities when they had finally been able to trace the goon down.
  7. The completion of the project took a hive of activities to be performed.

Origin

The phrase comes from a beehive, where bees live. Bees are traditionally deemed very active insect. There is also a similar expression “as busy as a bee“.

The oldest reference of the phrase cannot be traced before – “A private shipyard is a hive of industry” (1863) if you want “hive of [something]”. Earlier, it gives quotations with a figurative hive, like “. . .this great Hive, the City” (1647).

Synonym
Buzzing with activity.

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