time on one's hands, (to have)

time on one's hands, (to have)

To be idle or bored; not have enough to do. This expression dates from the late seventeenth century and was in print by 1700. “My time lies heavy on my hands” appears in George Farquar’s 1703 play The Inconstant (5.3). See also time to kill.
See also: on, time
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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