time burglar

time burglar

A person or thing that distracts or takes time from more useful or productive activities. I'm trying to catch up on work after being out sick, but my inbox is such a time burglar. I'll call my mom back later—she can be a real time burglar, and I need to finish up this essay.
See also: time
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During that time burglars broke into her home, stealing jewellery and sentimental items.
Around the same time burglars also got into a house in Greencroft Avenue, again through an unlocked door, and stole a Toshiba laptop, Xbox games console and a Newcastle United shirt.
Another time burglars slashed her couch and scattered clothes all over her bedroom in an untidy search for valuables escaping with her dead husband's watch.
One of the founding members of the church, Barbara Ward, aged 72, said it was not the first time burglars had struck.
It is the second time burglars have tricked the woman.
Yet although the fear of it is greater than ever, your Lord Chancellor says first and second time burglars should not be jailed.
This time burglars targeted the arts and crafts cup-board, top, tombola prizes, centre above right, and the church vestry, above
The last time burglars struck they really were petrified.
It is the third time this month that thieves have targeted the Coventry and East Mercia Co-op, in Warwick Road, and each time burglars have made off with wide screen plasma TVs.
He reckons, that first time burglars should, basically, get away with it.
But the judge, Recorder Dafydd Hughes, said Owen had no previous convictions for burglary and could come under the recent Court of Appeal guidelines where first- time burglars did not necessarily need to go to prison.
This smash and grab from a man who says we don't mind second time burglars not being slammed up.
The only alternative to custody is community service and the outcry to the judges' ruling that first or second time burglars should be punished in that way proves how unacceptable it is.
It flies in the face of claims made by pompous Lord Chancellor Derry Irvine, that ordinary folk don't mind if first or second time burglars go free.