Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

at (one's) leisure

Done according to one's own convenience or comfort. The tour group always gives us a couple free hours so we can explore each city at our leisure. There is no time limit to the exam, so please complete it at your leisure.
See also: leisure

at leisure

1. When one has the time to do something. In this usage, a possessive pronoun is used between "at" and "leisure." No rush, you can fill out that paperwork at your leisure
2. In a relaxed manner. I like to spend my weekends reading at leisure.
3. With free time; unoccupied. I just graduated from college—can't I spend some time at leisure?
See also: leisure

the busiest men have the most leisure

People who finish their work quickly ultimately have more free time. A: "Tom has the highest GPA in our class, but whenever I see him, he's playing video games, not studying!" B: "I guess it's true what they say—the busiest men have the most leisure."
See also: busy, have, leisure, men, most

marry in haste, repent at leisure

If you marry someone without being certain that you should, you will regret it for a long time. She's only known him for three months! You know what they say—marry in haste, repent at leisure.
See also: leisure, marry

at leisure

 and at one's leisure
at one's convenience. Choose one or the other at your leisure. Please drop by at your leisure.
See also: leisure

busiest men have the most leisure

 and busiest men find the most time
Prov. Industrious people get their work done efficiently and therefore have time to do what they want. Fred: How does Phil do it? He produces more than the rest of us, but he also manages to pursue all his hobbies. Alan: The busiest men have the most leisure. As the town's only doctor, Bert worked extremely hard, yet he always had time to play with his children and go out with his wife. The busiest men find the most time.
See also: busy, have, leisure, men, most

busman's holiday leisure

time spent doing something similar to what one does at work. (Alludes to a bus driver going on a bus tour for his vacation or on a day off.) Tutoring students in the evening is a busman's holiday for our English teacher. It's a bit of a busman's holiday to ask her to be wardrobe mistress for our amateur production in the summer. She's a professional dressmaker.
See also: holiday, leisure

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

Marry in haste, (and) repent at leisure.

Prov. If you marry someone you do not know well, or decide to marry someone without first carefully considering what you are doing, you will probably regret it for a long time. Sally wanted some time to consider Sam's proposal of marriage; she had heard the saying, "Marry in haste, and repent at leisure."
See also: leisure, marry

at leisure

1. Slowly, without haste, as in the famous 16th-century proverb, Marry in haste and repent at leisure.
2. Unemployed, having free time, as in I'm not looking for another job right now; I want to be at leisure for at least a few months . This usage has become less common but is still heard. [1300s] Also see at one's leisure.
See also: leisure

at one's leisure

Whenever one wishes, at one's convenience, as in At your leisure, please look over this manuscript and give me your comments. [1400s] Also see at leisure.
See also: leisure

a lady of leisure

A lady of leisure is a woman who does not have to work. There'll be no more mid-week shopping now you're no longer a lady of leisure.
See also: lady, leisure, of

lady (or man or gentleman) of leisure

a person who does not need to earn a living or whose time is free from obligations to others.
See also: lady, leisure, of

at (your) ˈleisure

without needing to hurry, at a convenient time for you: I’m not going to read this report now; I’ll read it later at my leisure.
See also: leisure

at (one's) leisure

When one has free time; at one's convenience: I'll return the call at my leisure.
See also: leisure
References in periodicals archive ?
9 Hungary Category Group Analysis: Sports and Leisure Equipment Retailing
Analysis of the Sports and Leisure Equipment Retailing market and its categories, including full year 2011 sales values and forecasts until 2016.
Hawks stated that sixty years of family leisure research has found that "family strength or cohesiveness is related to the family's use of leisure time" (1991, p.
Dance Hall Days: Intimacy and Leisure among Working-Class Immigrants in the United States.
Leisure is one of the great growth industries on the planet: but instead of benefiting humanity, it has destroyed much of what we hold most dear.
Coventry Sports and Leisure Centre and Foleshill Sports and Leisure Centre are offering canoeing taster courses starting tomorrow and continuing for the next few weeks.
This paper describes the development and administration of a measure (a self-report questionnaire) to assess the participation of adolescents in leisure activities.
One area of weakness in the book is the lack of information regarding leisure and recreation for children and adolescents.
This section will briefly examine the definitions of play and leisure in order to indicate key concepts related to each.
This book is designed to provide teachers, recreation professionals, parents, and other potential leisure educators with the information and guidelines necessary to successfully implement the Lifelong Leisure Skills and Lifestyles curriculum component with individuals with disabilities.
Theirs is a life of little or no leisure, a surprising end to the century that social scientists had forecast would see the coming of a leisure glut.
com/research/chmb9f/sports_and_leisure) has announced the addition of Canadean Ltd's new report "Sports and Leisure Equipment Retailing in G20 to 2016: Market Guide" to their offering.
Global Sports and Leisure Equipment Retailing: Market Guide to 2016" provides in-depth detail on the trends and drivers of the Global Sports and Leisure Equipment Retailing market.
AFTER an inspirational summer of sport, Cardiff Council is launching a leisure and fitness promotion throughout the whole of October which aims to motivate people to get fit, active and healthy.
1) It also takes for granted the absolute dominance of commercial leisure provision at the time of the First World War, ignoring Gary Cross's argument in Time and Money that the inter-war years saw the key struggle between lifestyles that prioritised the maximisation of free time and the enjoyment of relatively uncommodified leisure, and the maximisation of income together with high levels of consumer spending, a battle that was largely won and lost in the United States and Britain during the 1920s and 1930s.