not know what to do with (oneself)

not know what to do with (oneself)

To be unable to successfully occupy or distract oneself, especially in the face of, or because of, boredom, anxiety, stress, etc. I was so nervous waiting for the doctor's call, I didn't know what to do with myself! The kids don't know what to do with themselves on rainy days like this when they can't go outside to play.
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not know what to do with yourself

be at a loss as to what to do, typically through boredom, embarrassment, or anxiety.
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not know what to ˈdo with yourself

not know how to spend your time: I hardly know what to do with myself when the children go back to school. I have so much free time.
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