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while away

To spend an amount of time idly, pleasantly, or in a carefree manner. Often used in the phrase "while away the hours." A noun or pronoun can be used between "while" and "away." When we were kids, we would while away the hours on rainy days just drawing pictures and reading books. Don't just while the summer away—set a goal for yourself and do something constructive.
See also: away, while

while away the time

To spend some amount of time idly, pleasantly, or in a carefree manner. When we were kids, we would while away the time on rainy days just drawing pictures and reading books. Don't just while away the time this summer—set goals for yourself and try to do something constructive.
See also: away, time, while

while the time away

To spend some amount of time idly, pleasantly, or in a carefree manner. When we were kids, we would while the time away on rainy days just drawing pictures and reading books. Don't just while the time away this summer—set goals for yourself and try to do something constructive.
See also: away, time, while
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

while away

Spend time idly or pleasantly, as in It was a beautiful day and we whiled away the hours in the garden. This expression is the only surviving use of the verb while, meaning "to spend time." [First half of 1600s]
See also: away, while
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.

while away

v.
To spend some duration of time idly or pleasantly: The campers whiled the hours away by singing songs. We whiled away the summer.
See also: away, while
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Judge Peter Armstrong ordered that the defence report on Mr Whiles' fitness to plead should be served on the prosecution by the end of January.
Elena Heath and Amy Readman continued the fine Marske efforts in the high jump, as did Jonny Whiteside and Jess Simon in the long jump, Stuart Hart in the triple jump and hammer and Elena Heath and Chris Whiles in the javelin.
Mr Whiles said the council could not get a court hearing until Wednes-day at the earliest.
TAKING A HIKE: Some of the TTE staff and trainees taking on the Lyke Wake Walk challenge are, from left, Bernard Whiles, Liam Ashurst, Ross Melling, Rory McIntosh, Dominic Elgie and Matthew Watts.
Mr Whiles said the practice was particularly reprehensible when there were legitimate facilities available to deal with rubbish.
Ward manager Hilary Whiles said: "Our aim is to get people on to specialist wards so we only see each patient for about six hours, which means we can sometimes get forgotten about when it comes to fundraising.
WARD manager Sister Hilary Whiles today declared Summary Care Records (SCRs) a big boost to patient care.
Her grandmother Gwyneth Whiles, of Masefield Way in Rhydyfelin, said: 'Her teachers have been marvellous, reading her stories and sitting with her.'
Other species also counted and Andy Whiles came third with a coalfish of 13cm.
After a fortnight in intensive care at Cardiff's University Hospital of Wales, the four-year-old from Pontypridd has 'put a foot on the first rung of the ladder towards recovery', her relieved grandmother Gwyneth Whiles said this morning.
Boys: U-9 - 1, Sam Campbell (Acorn); 2, Patrick Harrison (Rainbow); U-11 - 1, Lewis Poole (Higman); 2, Ben Campbell (Acorn); U-13 novice - 1, Thomas Singleton (Acorn); 2, Josh Long (Acorn); U-13 boys - 1, Peter Vaughan (Brierton); 2, Lewis Poole; U-15 novice - 1, Tom Puttick (Thornaby); 2, Adam Tennant (Hummersknott); U-15 - 1, Nat Poole (Higman); 2, Luke Tonks (Marske); U-17 - 1, Bryn Lovell (Hummersknott); 2, Taigh Connor-Watson (Higman); U-19 novice - 1, Chris Whiles (Marske); 2, John Patterson (Marske); U-19 - 1, Bryn Lovell; 2, Taigh Connor-Watson.
Gran Gwyneth Whiles of Masefield Way in Rhydyfelin said: 'All of us have been staggered by the way the community has rallied and supported us - I never realised how loving and caring people could be these days.
Redcar submariner Andrew "Sid" Whiles, pictured, left Redcar Community College - then Westfields Comprehensive - in 1982.
'The doctors say there has been no change in her condition - she is still critical but stable,' said step-grandad Brian Whiles, of Rhydyfelin.
But the distraught family still managed to arrange decorations and a party to mark the eighth birthday of Abigail's playmate and cousin Amber Whiles.