faff about


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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.
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To faff about is to waste time doing tasks of very little significance, such as trying to work out the deeper meaning of someone's nickname when there really isn't any.
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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.
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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.