동분서주(東奔西走) – Korean 4 Character Idioms #12

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All of us are busy at some point because of the works. Thanks to them, we sometimes have to run to here and there. 동분서주 is the right expression for this situation.

동분서주 is the emphasized version of the word, 분주하다, a synonym of 바쁘다 in Korean. 분 and 주 means to run. 동 means east, 서 means the opposite direction of 동, west. The basic meaning of 동분서주 is to run to the east and west. Think about this situation, something happened in the east, so you ran there to solve it. Not so long after it is finished, other thing occurred in the west, so you had to run there to check it out. You would be really busy if you were in such a situation. That's why 동분서주 got this meaning, being really busy.

경찰은 범인을 잡기 위해 동분서주 중이다.
The police is really busy to get the criminal.

대한민국은 2002년에 월드컵을 한 번 유치했지만, 다시 한 번 유치해 보기 위해 동분서주 중이다.
Korea hosted World Cup once in 2002, but they are busy trying to host it again.

우리 학교가 더 좋은 학교가 되려면 학생 회장 뿐 아니라 모든 학생이 동분서주 노력해야 해.
If we want our school to be better, not only the president of student council but also every student should do their utmost.