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

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

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

be bone idle

to be very lazy She's bone idle - she just sits around the house all day watching TV.
See also: bone, idle

The devil finds work for idle hands.

something that you say which means people who have no work or activity are more likely to do things they should not do, such as commit crimes There's plenty more tidying to do if you've finished the bedroom. The devil finds work for idle hands.
See play devil's advocate, give due
See also: devil, find, hand, idle, work

idle away

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
References in classic literature ?
Her eyes should be darker, but she has a sweet smile; but as for this wonderful degree of improvement, I am sure it may all be resolved into a better style of dress, and your having nobody else to look at; and therefore, if you do set about a flirtation with her, you never will persuade me that it is in compliment to her beauty, or that it proceeds from anything but your own idleness and folly.
It was in 1807, at the age of nineteen, that Lord Byron published his Hours of Idleness, with a rather pompous preface.
He talked and looked at her laughing eyes, which frightened him now with their impenetrable look, and, as he talked, he felt all the uselessness and idleness of his words.
His father was a narrow-minded trader and saw idleness and ruin in the aspirations and ambition of his son.
Partly from curiosity and partly from idleness, I went into the lecturing room, which M.
But compare the hardest day's work you ever did with the idleness that splits flowers and pokes its way into spiders' stomachs, and thank your stars that your head has got something it MUST think of, and your hands something that they MUST do.
They had to be protected; and their horses, carriages, houses, servants had to be protected; and the source of their wealth had to be protected in the heart of the city and the heart of the country; the whole social order favourable to their hygienic idleness had to be protected against the shallow enviousness of unhygienic labour.
And who'd be paying for all that idleness, all that lying around watching telly, eating crisps and drinking lager?
Hondurans serving jail sentences are soon to be put to work six days a week, five hours a day, in what the government presents as an effort to end inmates' idleness, seen as a key element for prisons to actually serve as crime centers.
Across 7 Growth- stimulating (steroid) (8) 8 Ideal society (6) 11 Show similaritiesbetween (5) 12 Demand identification (9) 13 Wet spongy ground (3) 14 Thick part of the leg (5) 16 Distribute (5) 17 Place of worship (6) 19 Any one of two (6) 21 People from Gdansk or Poznan, eg (5) 22 Hebrew prophet and lawgiver (5) 24 Haulage vehicle (3) 25 Idleness (9) 27 Pay tribute to (5) 28 Experiment with (3,3) 29 Extra piece in a book (8) Down 1 Body part to pierce (3,4) 2 All--inclusive vacation (7,7) 3 Trumpet-like instrument (6) 4 CD, or Compact ____ (4) 5 Steadfast supporter (8) 6 In a dormant or hidden stage (6) 9 Forced--labour prison regime (5,9) 10 Over--hasty behaviour (8) 15 Heartless (8) 18 Cook speedily (6,2) 20 Provoke (7) 21 Pedestal (6) 23 Sound system, hi--fi (6) 26 Swirl round (4)
Health service may help as seen as crucial in battle against obesity and idleness Social care for disabled and elderly: Previous cuts were successfully challenged at judicial review.
Abu Yara, another blogger, attributed the dangerous acrobatics to the "tremendous amount of idleness that people have in summer".
It's something we avoid and somewhat afraid of because boredom is linked to being idle and in today's world idleness is considered a vice.
Even religion condemns indiscriminate charity which only encourages idleness and a life of dependence.
The issued a statement following their meeting in which they criticized the government's idleness before such horrid events.