faff about


Also found in: Dictionary.
Related to faff about: type up, doss about

faff about

To waste time or procrastinate by doing something unproductive or unhelpful; to fool around or spend time idly. Primarily heard in UK. Would you quit faffing about and give me a hand cleaning the house? I should have started this essay last week, but I've been faffing about with my new video game console.
See also: faff
References in periodicals archive ?
After moaning for an hour and appearing to do nothing more than faff about with a valve, he handed us an invoice for pounds 450 and told us about his upcoming holiday to Barbados.
I run really early in the morning and the surgery also saves me having to faff about then.
They prefer to stay home and faff about with computer games or social media, which I suppose is a simpler way to stunt your brain than clubbing.
While men are supposed to get ready to go out with little more than a lick and polish, women are always said to faff about for hours keeping their long-suffering loved-ones waiting.
And while they faff about, evidence is accumulating inexorably that GM crops are unstable and dangerous,' said Dr John.