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a- (“in such a state”) +‎ bustle

Examples

  • I had little time to admire it, however, for the crew were all abustle.

    River God

  • The house was abustle, the five families all together for this one time of the year, and outlying kin and even a few strangers staying over, so that we had to put bedding in places normally kept closed during the winter, moving furniture into attic lumberrooms, and even at that there were cots and thick bolsters set up in the blind ends of hallways.

    Christmas on Ganymede and Other Stories

  • That afternoon the house was abustle with party preparations.

    Garden of Shadows

  • That afternoon the house was abustle with party preparations.

    Garden of Shadows

  • That afternoon the house was abustle with party preparations.

    Garden of Shadows

  • That afternoon the house was abustle with party preparations.

    Garden of Shadows

  • Located where the Tailaroam River emptied into the Glittergeist Sea, the port was abustle with traffic as cargo was transferred from barges and keelboats to ocean-going freighters or animal-drawn wagons destined for the numerous towns and cities sprinkled through the vast forest known as the Bell woods.

    The Time of the Transference

  • London was abustle-but in Charon Qubwa's mind-castle all was cool, shaded and calm as a somnolent beast.

    Psychosphere

  • And the camp is all abustle, and the busy day's begun,

    The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses

  • Dick drove her into the city in almost unbroken silence and left her at the great doors of the Grantham, abustle with a dozen lackeys in purple livery.

    Children of the Whirlwind

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