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loaf about

To waste time idly; to spend time doing little or nothing. Chris, quit loafing about and help me take out the trash! After the stressful week that I had, I'm looking forward to just loafing about the house for the weekend.
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half a loaf is better than no bread

Getting less than what one wants is better than getting nothing at all. I know they're offering you less money than you'd hoped for, but at least it's a good job—half a loaf is better than no bread.
See also: better, bread, half, loaf

half a loaf is better than no loaf

Getting less than what one wants is better than getting nothing at all. I know they're offering you less money than you'd hoped for, but at least it's a good job—half a loaf is better than no loaf.
See also: better, half, loaf

Half a loaf is better than none.

Prov. Getting only part of what you want is better than not getting anything. Fred: How did your court case go? Alan: Not good. I asked for $500, and the judge only awarded me $200. Fred: Half a loaf is better than none.
See also: better, half, loaf, none

loaf around

to waste time; to idle the time away doing almost nothing. Every time I see you, you are just loafing around. I enjoy loafing around on the weekend.
See also: around, loaf

loaf something away

to waste away a period of time. You have loafed the entire day away! He loafed away the entire day.
See also: away, loaf

half a loaf

less than what is wanted or is right I didn't get everything I wanted in my contract but decided to accept half a loaf and not fight it.
Usage notes: the full form of this idiom is half a loaf is better than none (getting less than what you wanted is better than getting nothing): The new ferry service operates only on weekends, but half a loaf is better than none.
Related vocabulary: see the glass (as) half full
Etymology: based on the idea that it is better to have some bread to eat than none at all
See also: half, loaf

Half a loaf is better than none.

something that you say which means it is better to take what you are offered, even if it is less than you wanted, because it is better than nothing I only got half the salary rise I asked for, but I took it anyway on the grounds that half a loaf is better than none.
See also: better, half, loaf, none

Use your loaf.

  (British & Australian old-fashioned)
if you tell someone to use their loaf, you are telling them in a slightly angry way that they should think more carefully about what they are doing
Usage notes: In Cockney rhyming slang (= an informal kind of language used in parts of London) 'loaf' is short for 'loaf of bread' which means head.
You haven't even switched the thing on. Come on, Jamie, use your loaf!
See It's no good crying over spilt milk, turn to good account, be no good to man or beast
See also: loaf, use

half a loaf is better than none

Something is better than nothing, even if it is less than one wanted. For example, He had asked for a new trumpet but got a used one-oh well, half a loaf is better than none . This expression, often shortened, was already a proverb in 1546, where it was explicitly put: "For better is half a loaf than no bread."
See also: better, half, loaf, none
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Latane (1986) and Hardy and Latane (1988) contend that social loafing may be a function of the individuals' desire to economize their effort when performing in group situations because they can "hide in the crowd" and escape recognition or blame because their individual efforts are not identifiable.
A particularly surprising omission from the social loafing literature is the failure to document the subjects' emotions or mood state.
One sport that is particularly susceptible to examining social loafing and overcoming the limitations of past studies is competitive crew rowing.
In addition to the virtual absence of elite athletes in previous social loafing research, Hardy and Crace (1991) found that less proficient team members may be more susceptible to social loafing than more skilled members.
Thus, whereas social loafing was not apparent for the two tasks of relatively short duration (one-stroke and 1.
The primary focus of this study was to ascertain evidence of social loafing in elite female athletes performing a task that was meaningful and simulated actual sport tasks as a function of endurance.
According to previous explanations of the loafing phenomenon (see Hardy, 1990 for a review), loafing was not manifested when subjects performed the three tasks alone.
The present finding of a loafing effect only for the 10-min.
One factor that may influence social loafing and offers a partial explanation of the present results is self-efficacy.
Apparently, this was the first study examining social loafing in which mood was assessed.
Effects of personal involvement: Thought-provoking implications for social loafing.
The effects of task structure and teammate competence on social loafing.
Social loafing in cheerleaders: Effects of team membership and competition.
Many hands make light the work: The causes and consequences of social loafing.