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dog day afternoon

An afternoon in the part of the summer often thought to be hottest, usually considered to be July 3 to August 11. As such, it is often related to feelings of lethargy. In ancient times, people associated the heat during this period with the concurrent rising of Sirius, nicknamed "the dog star." As a kid, I loved lounging in the swimming pool on dog day afternoons. Working in the field can be hell on a dog day afternoon.
See also: afternoon, dog

good afternoon

A conventional expression of greeting or, less commonly, farewell used during the afternoon. Good afternoon, class. We'll begin by discussing the chapter I assigned you to read last night. He abruptly bid the gentleman good afternoon and walked briskly out of the room.
See also: afternoon, good

good day

1. old-fashioned A conventional expression of greeting or farewell used during the daytime (i.e., after morning but before dusk). He abruptly bid the gentleman good day and walked briskly out of the room. Good day, everyone. Shall we proceed?
2. cliché A curt dismissal indicating annoyance or aggravation. While still considered old-fashioned, it is often used by modern speakers for humorous or ironic effect. A: "Well, if that's your decision, then I must bid you good day." B: "Please, try to understand—" A: "Good day, sir!"
See also: good

laze away

1. To be idle or slothful; to be totally inactive. ("Laze" is an informal verbalization of "lazy.") I don't want you lazing away on this sofa for the whole weekend, young man! After a long week of work, there's nothing I like better than to laze away for a while with video games or movies.
2. To pass a certain amount or period of time by being very lazy or idle. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "laze" and "away." Too many kids just laze the summer away in front of their computers or televisions. In my 20s, I would spend every Friday and Saturday night at the bar with my friends, but now that I have kids, I just want to laze away the evenings at home.
See also: away, laze

loaf away

1. To be idle or slothful; to be totally inactive. I don't want you loafing away on this sofa for the whole weekend, young man! After a long week of work, there's nothing I like better than to loaf away for a while with some video games or movies.
2. To pass a certain amount or period of time by being very lazy or idle. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "loaf" and "away." Too many kids just loaf the summer away in front of their computers or televisions. In my 20s, I would spend every Friday and Saturday night at the bar with my friends, but now that I have kids, I just want to loaf away the evenings at home.
See also: away, loaf

loiter away

1. To be idle or slothful; to be totally inactive. I don't want you loitering away on this sofa for the whole weekend, young man! After a long week of work, there's nothing I like better than to loiter away for a while with some video games or movies.
2. To pass a certain amount or period of time by being very lazy or idle. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "loiter" and "away." Too many kids just loiter the summer away in front of their computers or televisions. You really need to be working on your college applications, not loitering away your weekends with your friends.
See also: away, loiter

of a morning/afternoon/evening

1. Very often at this time of day; on most occasions at this time of day. My father has a ritual of an evening, enjoying the newspaper with a measure of whiskey after dinner in front of the fire. There's nothing better of a morning than taking your first sip of coffee.
2. At some point at this time of day. There's a soccer club playing at the park if you're ever stuck for something to do of a morning in the summertime. Why don't we go for a quick hike? There are worse things to do of a Saturday afternoon than get some fresh air and exercise in the mountains!
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

(Good) afternoon.

 
1. the appropriate greeting for use between noon and supper time. Sally: How are you today? Jane: Good afternoon. How are you? Sally: Fine, thank you. Bob: Afternoon. Nice to see you. Bill: Good afternoon. How are you? Bob: Fine, thanks.
2. an expression used on departure or for dismissal between noon and supper time. (Meaning "I wish you a good afternoon.") Sally: See you later, Bill. Bill: Afternoon. See you later. Mary: Nice to see you. Tom: Good afternoon. Take care.

laze something away

to spend a period of time being lazy. I just love to sit here and laze the day away. I will laze away the entire day.
See also: away, laze

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

loiter something away

to idle away a period of time. Those boys will loiter half their lives away. They loitered away their summer vacation.
See also: away, loiter
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

good day

Also, good afternoon or evening or morning . Formal ways of saying "Hello" or "Goodbye." For example, He began rather oddly by addressing the audience with " Good day," or " Good afternoon, ladies," said the sales clerk as we walked out. All these greetings represent an abbreviation of the now obsolete God give you a good day (afternoon, etc.), which dates from about 1200. Also see good night.
See also: good
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
We drifted along lazily, very happy, through the magical light of the late afternoon.
How many an afternoon Antonia and I have trailed along the prairie under that magnificence!
JEMIMA PUDDLE-DUCK went up the cart-road for the last time, on a sunny afternoon. She was rather burdened with bunches of herbs and two onions in a bag.
They saw the robin carry food to his mate two or three times, and it was so suggestive of afternoon tea that Colin felt they must have some.
The afternoon was dragging towards its mellow hour.
Who happen to be in the Lord Chancellor's court this murky afternoon besides the Lord Chancellor, the counsel in the cause, two or three counsel who are never in any cause, and the well of solicitors before mentioned?
On the sum- mer afternoon in the office when he was on the point of becoming her lover a half grotesque little incident brought his love-making quickly to an end.
For a month he had seen her lying white and still and speechless in her bed, and then one afternoon the doctor stopped him in the hallway and said a few words.
"At what time this afternoon?" persisted the old gentleman, with nagging determination, as if he were cross-questioning a criminal in a court of justice.
I never shall forget the radiant face with which he came home one afternoon, and told me, as a mighty piece of news, of his having fallen in with one Clarriker (the young merchant's name), and of Clarriker's having shown an extraordinary inclination towards him, and of his belief that the opening had come at last.
Gilbert and Anne loitered a little behind the others, enjoying the calm, still beauty of the autumn afternoon under the pines of the park, on the road that climbed and twisted round the harbor shore.
He came back to it in the afternoon, after dinner, and fell asleep over it.
At the current price of skins in the London market, and based on a fair estimate of what the afternoon's catch would have been had not the Macedonia hogged it, the Ghost has lost about fifteen hundred dollars' worth of skins."
Pendleton sent a special request for you to go to see him this afternoon, SURE.
I should rather have enjoyed a pilgrimage with her too)--I found myself one afternoon again upon the road.