pass the time

pass the time

To occupy oneself during a period of spare time. If you're looking for a way to pass the time, we have plenty of great books to read!
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pass the time (of day)

to spend time doing something; to consume or use spare time by doing something. I read to pass the time while waiting in the doctor's office. I passed the time of day by talking to Dave.
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pass the time

1. Occupy oneself for an interval, as in The plane was six hours late but I passed the time reading a book.
2. pass the time of day. Exchange greetings, engage in pleasantries, chat, as in Whenever I met her we would stop to pass the time of day. [First half of 1800s]
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pass the/your ˈtime (doing something)

spend your time (doing something), often while you are waiting for something else: They told each other jokes to pass the time while waiting for the next train.We passed our time making plans for the weekend.
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References in classic literature ?
Yet was this half-horrible stolidity in him, involving, too, as it appeared, an all-ramifying heartlessness; --yet was it oddly dashed at times, with an old, crutch-like, antediluvian, wheezing humorousness, not unstreaked now and then with a certain grizzled wittiness; such as might have served to pass the time during the midnight watch on the bearded forecastle of Noah's ark.
Steadily the waters rose till they were nibbling at his feet; and to pass the time until they made their final gulp, he watched the only thing on the lagoon.
That is a long story," answered the King, with a Winged laugh; "but as we have a long journey before us, I will pass the time by telling you about it, if you wish.
And for to pass the time this booke shall be pleasant to read in.
Seeing this, and being quite exhausted by the excitement of the past few hours, the little girl decided that sleep would be the best thing to restore her strength and the easiest way in which she could pass the time.
The play spaces are set up near a couch, coffee table and TV (convenient for older children who want to pass the time while their parents shop) and sit out of the way of customers looking through nearby carpet samples, while close enough that it's easy for parents to keep eyes on their kids as they shop.
Samuel Beckett's classic comedy in the absurdist tradition tells the story of two friends who pass the time together while waiting for Godot.
Families would have no option but to pass the time playing cards or other games by candlelight or, heavens forbid, speak to one another
Smartphones are the preferred gadget of choice with a staggering 65 per cent of Brits using their mobiles to pass the time.
He says he likes being by himself and he finds plenty of ways to pass the time.
What a fine day to take a stroll and wander by The Fishin' Hole, I can't think of a better way to pass the time o' day.
Portable DVD players are available for patients at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd to help them relax and pass the time, and they have over 300 films and TV shows to choose from.
An amusing way to pass the time for the driver behind is to tap out the beat of a song on your radio with your brake pedal thus illuminating your lights and creating a disco-style guess that tune game.
AN OLD man stood at his garden gate There was a sadness in his eyes People passed by without a glance All of them, too busy to realise He only wanted a friendly smile Just someone to pass the time of day Or someone to stop, and talk for a while But no-one seemed to have time to delay So he just stands there, with his memories Of loved ones, long passed away Knowing, he won't have long to wait Till he meets them all again someday But until then, he lived in hope Someone, someday will say 'Hello' And restore his faith in mankind.
To pass the time, she has hobbies such as putting puzzles together and word searches.