idle away


idle away
phr verb
Idle away is used with these nouns as the object: ↑time

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  • idle away — ˌidle a ˈway [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they idle away he/she/it idles away present participle idling away past tense idled away …   Useful english dictionary

  • idle away — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms idle away : present tense I/you/we/they idle away he/she/it idles away present participle idling away past tense idled away past participle idled away to spend time relaxing and doing nothing Morse idled away… …   English dictionary

  • idle away — PHRASAL VERB If you idle away a period of time, you spend it doing very little. [V P n (not pron)] Residents were mowing their lawns, washing their cars and otherwise idling away a pleasant, sunny day... [V n P] He idled the time away in dreamy… …   English dictionary

  • idle away — Waste, spend in idleness …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • idle — [īd′ l] adj. idler, idlest [ME idel < OE, empty, akin to Ger eitel, vain, empty < ? IE base * ai dh, to burn, shine: basic sense, either “only apparent, seeming” or “burned out”] 1. a) having no value, use, or significance; worthless;… …   English World dictionary

  • idle — adj 1 *vain, nugatory, otiose, empty, hollow Analogous words: fruitless, bootless, *futile, vain: *ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious: trivial, paltry, *petty, trifling Contrasted words: significant, pregnant, meaningful (see …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Idle — I dle, v. t. To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume; often followed by away; as, to idle away an hour a day. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • idle — i|dle1 [ˈaıdl] adj [: Old English; Origin: idel] 1.) not working or producing anything ≠ ↑busy ▪ I cannot afford to leave the land lying idle . ▪ The whole team stood idle , waiting for the mechanic. ▪ The workers have been idle for the last six… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • idle — idleness, n. idly, adv. /uyd l/, adj., idler, idlest, v. idled, idling, n. adj. 1. not working or active; unemployed; doing nothing: idle workers. 2. not spent or filled with activity: idle hours. 3. not in use or operation; not kept busy: idle… …   Universalium

  • idle — I UK [ˈaɪd(ə)l] / US adjective Word forms idle : adjective idle comparative idler superlative idlest 1) a) machines or factories that are idle are not being used The extra power stations are idle when demand is lower. stand/lie/sit idle: Valuable …   English dictionary


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