pass the time

pass the time (of day)

to spend time doing something; to consume or use spare time by doing something. I read to pass the time while waiting in the doctor's office. I passed the time of day by talking to Dave.
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pass the time

to do something to keep busy while waiting While she was home with a broken leg, she passed the time reading, listening to music, and writing letters.
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pass the time

1. Occupy oneself for an interval, as in The plane was six hours late but I passed the time reading a book.
2. pass the time of day. Exchange greetings, engage in pleasantries, chat, as in Whenever I met her we would stop to pass the time of day. [First half of 1800s]
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References in classic literature ?
I answered, "it was easy to be eloquent on so copious and delightful a subject, especially to me, who had been often apt to amuse myself with visions of what I should do, if I were a king, a general, or a great lord: and upon this very case, I had frequently run over the whole system how I should employ myself, and pass the time, if I were sure to live for ever.
He strolls about and about, to pass the time until the dinner-hour.
That is a long story," answered the King, with a Winged laugh; "but as we have a long journey before us, I will pass the time by telling you about it, if you wish.
Samuel Beckett's classic comedy in the absurdist tradition tells the story of two friends who pass the time together while waiting for Godot.
Families would have no option but to pass the time playing cards or other games by candlelight or, heavens forbid, speak to one another
Smartphones are the preferred gadget of choice with a staggering 65 per cent of Brits using their mobiles to pass the time.
Portable DVD players are available for patients at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd to help them relax and pass the time, and they have over 300 films and TV shows to choose from.
What began as a way to pass the time during his days at Spurs turned into something serious at West Ham.
An amusing way to pass the time for the driver behind is to tap out the beat of a song on your radio with your brake pedal thus illuminating your lights and creating a disco-style guess that tune game.
AN OLD man stood at his garden gate There was a sadness in his eyes People passed by without a glance All of them, too busy to realise He only wanted a friendly smile Just someone to pass the time of day Or someone to stop, and talk for a while But no-one seemed to have time to delay So he just stands there, with his memories Of loved ones, long passed away Knowing, he won't have long to wait Till he meets them all again someday But until then, he lived in hope Someone, someday will say 'Hello' And restore his faith in mankind.
To pass the time, she has hobbies such as putting puzzles together and word searches.
Airlines globally are scrambling to find new ways of increasing non-ticket sales and getting more passengers onto planes with the promise of more luxurious and fun ways to pass the time in the air.
Errol Porter is an out-of-work techie who has turned to pottery to pass the time and heal from career misfortune and his wife's infidelity with his friend Thomas.
While Libby works in the kitchen with Ma McCreary (a lifer who has taken Libby under her wing), they sing to pass the time.
A great way to pass the time in the john, and this'll get you through a few trips.