putter around

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putter around

To move from place to place, doing trivial, random, or aimless tasks or activities. It makes me sad thinking of my granddad puttering around that big old house all by himself. I didn't have a specific plan while I was in London, so I spent most of the time just puttering around.
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putter around

 and putter about
to do little things of little consequence; to do small tasks as found around the house. I spent all of Saturday just puttering around, not really getting anything done. I stayed home and puttered about during my vacation.
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He watched the scores roll in, puttered around the house and tried to ignore the empty feeling of a Friday night without football.
I just puttered around in the kitchen and snuck peeks at her reactions.
(Maybe with my neo-hippie hair and beard I didn't have the right Euro-gay look--who knows?) I sat in restaurants and bars, puttered around on my moped to the beaches, read Lost Illusions, wished I were with someone.
Out he sets on a mission to remedy that, taking risks with stocks, playing the share market, undertaking every assignment that comes his way, piling them all up in a deluge of deadlines, making up for the many years he complacently puttered around and put his faith in a time when they'd be comfortably off!
Always dressed in the same sweatpants and leotard top, he puttered around barely looking at the hordes of dancers who had collected for morning classes.
So, with that in mind, I puttered around. I used a birthing ball to help open me, not to mention that it really helped during the contractions to focus on rocking instead of the pain.
Messina grew up with parents who puttered around their garden, growing roses and avidly attending garden shows and visiting garden centers.
But she'd seen Paul's face years before when they rented a trailer and puttered around southern Missouri in late, golden September.
The dude told officers he was gleefully stacking up his loot when the big bird, who hadn't uttered a peep as he puttered around the place, suddenly screamed, sank his claws into the guy's throat, and commenced shredding.