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kill time

To engage in an activity, usually a rather aimless or idle one, with the goal of making time seem to pass more quickly or less slowly. I'm going to walk down to the bookstore to kill time before my flight. Do you want anything? It used to be that people killed time at the train station by talking to each other, but now everyone is nose-deep in their phone.
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kill time

Fig. to use something up, especially time. I killed time reading a novel. The employees were not encouraged to kill time.
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kill time

Pass time aimlessly. For example, There was nothing to do, so I sat around killing time until dinner was ready. This idiom was first recorded about 1768.
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kill time

do things to make time seem to pass more quickly and to avoid getting bored, especially while waiting for something.
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kill ˈtime, a couple of ˈhours, etc.

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have ˈtime, a couple of ˈhours, etc. to kill

do something to help pass the time while you are waiting for something: ‘What did you do at the airport when your plane was late?’ ‘We killed time by playing cards and doing crosswords.’I had two hours to kill before the train left, so I went to see a movie.
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They kill time with dinner parties and gossip or by puffing on hookahs, the better to feed their amorous intoxications.
Go ahead and cover the depot walls with memorabilia, and leave the closed-circuit TV so anyone into old Westerns can kill time waiting for their train to arrive.
Just to kill time, the film takes a swipe at the Catholic Church by suggesting that a priest would recommend premarital sex in order to determine if the teacher (Kline) could ``get it on'' with his wife-to-be.
Vernon revealed what he did to kill time, like the seven-minute spells when the Flyers went without a shot on goal: ``Oh, you look for pretty girls in the audience who catch your eye.
You've got to be able to find a healthy way to kill time when you're out there for long stretches.
Friends in Space'': Set in a coffee shop enclosed within a space pod hurtling toward Jupiter, our six hipster buddies kill time on the seven-year voyage by dissecting the trivialities of galactic travel (how to spit out mouthwash in zero-G, how to get good cable reception on the other side of Mars, etc.
Either the Plan will work, he thinks, or he will ``walk out of the prison at 35 with a few scars, big muscles from all the bodybuilding you did to kill time and defend yourself, a load of mad tales to tell, a book to write,'' and hundreds of adoring women to greet him.
Of course, it didn't help that the show moved along a tad too efficiently, forcing DeGeneres to painfully kill time.