putter around


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putter around

To move from place to place, doing trivial, random, or aimless tasks or activities. It makes me sad thinking of my granddad puttering around that big old house all by himself. I didn't have a specific plan while I was in London, so I spent most of the time just puttering around.
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putter around

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to do little things of little consequence; to do small tasks as found around the house. I spent all of Saturday just puttering around, not really getting anything done. I stayed home and puttered about during my vacation.
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A sporadic and less evident feature of the installation was the artist's habit of showing up in the gallery/workshop from time to time to putter around, as any self-respecting hobbyist would.
Often scorned dismissively as standing for "We Putter Around,'' the WPA nonetheless kept more than one family's heads above water, ours included.
He loved to putter around the house and to fix whatever needed to be fixed.
From as early as 5 years old, he would let me putter around with him, doing everything from hammering nails to painting," Ms.
Bob loved to putter around his Wilder Road home, grew fantastic tomatoes, sailed throughout the Carribean and enjoyed wonderful times with family and friends.