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bone-idle

Extremely lazy. Can you please get Billy to go to the playground or something? He's just laying around all day, being bone-idle.

idle hands are the devil's playthings

When one has nothing to do, one is more likely to get into trouble. When I'm off from school, my grandmother is always trying to get me out of the house, while reminding me that idle hands are the devil's playthings.
See also: hand, idle

idle hands are the devil's tools

When one has nothing to do, one is more likely to get into trouble. When I'm off from school, my grandmother is always trying to get me out of the house, while reminding me that idle hands are the devil's tools.
See also: hand, idle, tool

idle hands are the devil's workshop

When one has nothing to do, one is more likely to get into trouble. When I'm off from school, my grandmother is always trying to get me out of the house, while reminding me that idle hands are the devil's workshop.
See also: hand, idle, workshop

be bone idle

To be extremely lazy. Can you please get Billy to go to the playground or something? He's been bone idle, just laying around all day.
See also: bone, idle

The devil finds work for idle hands

When one has nothing to do, one is more likely to get into trouble. When I'm off from school, my grandmother is always trying to get me out of the house, while reminding me that the devil finds work for idle hands.
See also: devil, find, hand, idle, work

the devil finds work for idle hands to do

If one is unoccupied, one will likely get into trouble. When I'm off from school, my grandmother is always trying to get me out of the house, while reminding me that the devil finds work for idle hands to do.
See also: devil, find, hand, idle, work

devil finds work for idle hands to do

Prov. If you do not have useful work to do, you will be tempted to do frivolous or harmful things to get rid of your boredom. Knowing that the devil finds work for idle hands to do, Elizabeth always made sure that her children had plenty of chores to keep them occupied.
See also: devil, find, hand, idle, work

idle about

to loiter around, doing nothing. Please don't idle about. Get busy! Andy is idling about today.
See also: idle

idle brain is the devil's workshop

Prov. People who have nothing worthwhile to think about will usually think of something bad to do. We need to figure out something constructive for Tom to do in the afternoons after school. An idle brain is the devil's workshop.
See also: brain, idle, workshop

Idle people have the least leisure.

 and Idle folk have the least leisure.
Prov. If you are not energetic and hardworking, you will never have any free time, since you will have to spend all your time finishing your work. My grandmother always told me not to dawdle, since idle people have the least leisure.
See also: have, idle, least, leisure, people

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.
See also: away, idle

ˌbone ˈidle

(British English, informal) (of a person) very lazy: The family consists of Vera, her intensely irritating husband and her two bone idle sons.
See also: bone, idle

the devil makes work for idle ˈhands

(saying) people who do not have enough to do often start to do wrong: She blamed the crimes on the local jobless teenagers. ‘The devil makes work for idle hands,’ she would say.
See also: devil, hand, idle, make, work

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.
See also: away, idle
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It expects to recall everyone who was idled and resume full operations at its Kansas and Tennessee plants.
The number of workers idled because of strikes and lockouts rose in 2003, but was still low by historical standards.
has also filed for bankruptcy re-organization, and in remains uncertain which facilities (if any) will be idled.
Since the 2,700 Delphi Chassis workers went on strike March 5, GM has idled 23 of its 29 North American assembly plants and 13 of its parts plants.
The mill, with a capacity to produce 170,000 tons per year, has been idled since March of 1991 because of poor newsprint markets.
As a result, the aluminum smelter in Wenatchee, which has been idled since July 2001, will remain idled and approximately 400 salaried and hourly workers will lose their jobs.
During 2002, 46,000 workers were idled due to major work stoppages.
The company estimates that if the wet printed flock business is not sold, the annual after-tax carrying costs on the idled assets will be approximately $250,000, or $.
Wenatchee will maintain a workforce slightly over 400 employees while the plant is idled.
Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that it will restart approximately 200,000 metric tons per year (mtpy) of its currently idled aluminum smelting capacity.