The nurse moves onward, with officious care, And all the speed her aged limbs can bear.
He said; and straight th’ officious courser kneels, To take his wonted weight.
Officious grooms stand ready by his side; And some with combs their flowing manes divide, And others stroke their chests and gently soothe their pride.
Then to the rising sun he turns his eyes, And strews the beasts, design’d for sacrifice, With salt and meal: with like officious care He marks their foreheads, and he clips their hair.
And now perhaps, in hopes of thy return, Rich odors on his loaded altars burn, While we, with vain officious pomp, prepare To send him back his portion of the war, A bloody breathless body, which can owe No farther debt, but to the pow’rs below.
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She plays the role of a well-meaning but officious classmate who thinks she knows what’s best for everyone.
He rushes from office to office making an officious nuisance of himself.