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idle away

To waste an interval of time in laziness or inactivity. A noun or pronoun can be used between "idle" and "away." Don't idle the whole day away, or else you'll be up all night finishing your science project. I idled away a few hours and then got back to my research.
See also: away, idle

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.
See also: away, idle

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
References in classic literature ?
He was nice in his eating, uncertain in his hours; fond of his child, though affecting to slight it; and idled away the mornings at billiards, which ought to have been devoted to business.
Wind and wave had long since smoothed out the trace of her which she had left in those marks on the sand, I looked over the wide monotony of the seaside prospect, and the place in which we two had idled away the sunny hours was as lost to me as if I had never known it, as strange to me as if I stood already on a foreign shore.
It seemed only yesterday since she and the dogs at Combe-Raven had roamed the garden together, and had idled away the summer mornings luxuriously on the shady lawn.
After June all the little Court Society of Pumpernickel used to separate, according to the German plan, and make for a hundred watering-places, where they drank at the wells, rode upon donkeys, gambled at the redoutes if they had money and a mind, rushed with hundreds of their kind to gourmandise at the tables d'hote, and idled away the summer.
And they idled away 42 hours on the stretch from A4540 at Sparkbook to Warwick Road.
But, in Scotland, there are precious few days warm enough to be idled away in the outdoor surrounds of the pub.
The transfer of a lower-league footballer of modest talent to a club that has idled away in the third tier since 1996 has rarely been such a lightning conductor for national debate.
Once I got an Apple ID and downloaded a few games, I idled away most of my day practising my Angry Bird skills for the next family challenge.
Who hasn't idled away a few minutes daydreaming about what they'd do if they ran the country?
Born in Philadelphia, Rosenbach idled away many of his hours in his uncle's rare book shop.
But for me nothing quite replaces the smell of a new, paper volume or a few hours idled away running my fingers down bookshop shelves.
The powerful angle to the film is the detailed analysis of the deterioration of David and Catherine's relationship; in addition, this is so traumatizing for each of them that the positive, happy young people who laughed at first meeting over the plumbing or idled away their time in pleasant rural surroundings slowly disappear.