idle away


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idle something away

Fig. to waste one's time in idleness; to waste a period of time, such as an afternoon, evening, one's life. She idled the afternoon away and then went to a party. Don't idle away the afternoon.
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idle away

v.
To spend some period of time not working or avoiding work: I idled the day away. The children idled away the summer.
See also: away, idle
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Or a guitarist who didn't idle away a few dreamy moments, onstage at Monterey, kneeling before the burning altar of a Fender Strat (strung upside down to accommodate a lefty, of course)?
Instead of letting this waster idle away his time behind bars, make him work and pay back to the public what he owes.
Staff who idle away on the internet are wasting valuable time.
In the 1980s, it dominated the big screen with mesmerising performances from Glenn Close and John Malkovitch as the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, the pair of sexual predators who idle away their days, planning the destruction of others.
These friendly, intimate venues are great places to idle away a few relaxing hours over a coffee or a beer.
There is no plot, only characters that idle away their lives waiting for something to happen to them.
Left alone, Lewis fights to save a patient while Carter and Abby discuss their future together as they idle away several days in quarantine with Chen and Pratt, along with chronic patient Stan the Can.
Advocaat is not a manager who will let performances idle away when they look destined not to glean all three points and once more we saw the half- time hook.
Things need to be hurried up a little on a Sunday for those people who don't have hours to idle away.
And afterwards while his father enjoyed a leisurely pint in Woolton Village Club, Colin and his siblings would idle away an hour in the games room.
While his Arsenal team-mates idle away their spare time listening to their iPods, the young Gunners star is doing a correspondence course for the Spanish equivalent of A-levels.
In the adaptation of Graham Greene's novel by director Philip Noyce, Fowler would rather idle away time with his mistress, the gorgeous former taxi dancer Phuong (Do Thi Hai Yen), rather than concern himself with the French colonial powers' attempt to put down the mostly communist-led insurgency in Vietnam.