idle away


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idle something away

Fig. to waste one's time in idleness; to waste a period of time, such as an afternoon, evening, one's life. She idled the afternoon away and then went to a party. Don't idle away the afternoon.
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idle away

v.
To spend some period of time not working or avoiding work: I idled the day away. The children idled away the summer.
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It was very easy to idle away an afternoon or two just sitting in the shade of the terrace, drinking in the sights, smells, not to mention some of the local wine.
There are clean, sandy beaches that seem to stretch from sunrise to sunset and secluded coves where you can idle away the long, sunny days.
The ride is worth it for the reward of a drink at the village coffee shop where local men sit and idle away the hot hours.
The Littlewood Pools offerings struck more of a chord with me but I didn't understand them and would idle away time by shading in the boxes.
It seems that one byproduct of EU membership, economic prosperity, and generous welfare benefits has been that ne'er do well Dutch and other European youth have found Dublin a hospitable place to idle away their time.
The town itself has plenty of shops to idle away a wet afternoon and more than a few pubs serving the usual fayre.
This assumes, of course that you don't idle away the year studying reruns of The Simpsons in your parents' basement.
As you idle away an hour scanning the shelves for books you never knew existed and wouldn't find online - where some spooky search engine guesses your taste and flags up books of dull predictability, you will see one of the most diverse range of individuals ever gathering in the same small space.
Staff who idle away on the internet are wasting valuable time.