time on one's hands, (to have)

have time on (one's) hands

To have extra or spare time in which one has nothing specific to do or accomplish. I'll have a bit more time on my hands now that we've finished the year-end audit. Our kids had too much time on their hands last summer break, so we decided to enroll them in a few different summer camps to keep them occupied.
See also: hand, have, on, time
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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
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