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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.
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.
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.
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.
be bone idle(British)
to be very lazy She's bone idle - she just sits around the house all day watching TV.
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
To spend some period of time not working or avoiding work: I idled the day away. The children idled away the summer.