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 time

To engage in some activity during periods of spare time. A modifier can be used between "pass" and "time." To me, reading will always be the single best way to pass time. I've been passing my time in the evenings by learning how to weld at a local community workshop. The airport has opened a new kid-friendly activity center to help families pass some time while they wait for their flights.
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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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 floor was damp and she was herself wringing wet, but fortunately this was a warm climate and she did not feel at all cold.
I love listening to talk shows to pass the time in the car, whether it is Joe Duffy on RTE Radio One or Ivan Yates on Newstalk.
During this period, they eat the meat of slaughtered goats and drink and pass the time in merrymaking.
* Do things together to pass the time. Play cards or board games, watch videos, go for walks or just talk.
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LYNDA Bellingham's son has said his stepfather Michael Pattemore was never part of the family and was merely someone for his mum to "pass the time with".
Pass the time on Christmas Eve by gathering family and friends for a holiday movie night.
Hence he has a free bus pass and also plenty of time on his hands, thus a journey of one hour and 34 minutes is an ideal way to pass the time, taking in the views as the wheels of the bus go round and round.
According to the findings, the most popular reason for shopping while commuting is to pass the time, followed by it being the most convenient time to shop - fuelled by the increased availability of WiFi on public transport.
He finds the process relaxing, and says it is a great way to pass the time. Kahit saan masarap siya gawin, lalo na 'pag naghihintay ka, he said.
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.