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works hard to prepare for winter while grasshopper plays. [Gk. Lit.: Aesop’s Fables, “The Ant and the Grasshopper”]
perpetually and eagerly active. [Western Folklore: Jobes, 192]
proverbial busyness refers to ceaseless activity of worker bees. [Western Folklore: Jobes, 445]
heraldic and verbal symbol. [Western Folklore: Jobes, 193]
or grind common metaphor for industriousness. [Pop. Culture: Misc.]
symbolic of diligence. [Flower Symbolism: Jobes, 350]
works hard for his living. [Nurs. Rhyme: Opie, 309]
third little pig
Aleksey (1905— ) Russian worker who “over-achieved”; increased daily output enormously. [Russ. Hist.: NCE, 2606]
builds his house of bricks while his two brothers fritter away their time. [Children’s Lit.: The Three Little Pigs]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.