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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.
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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]
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while away the time, etc. (doing something)

pass the time (doing something), usually because you are waiting for something or have nothing better to do: I had ten hours to wait in Rome, so I whiled away the time wandering around the museums.
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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.
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While she whiles away her time in prison, the District Attorney's office is busy building a case against her.
Lonnie Ali said the former three-time heavyweight champion, who is battling Parkinson's disease, whiles away hours watching his time with the legendary chat show host, laughing out loud at his own appearances.
She happily whiles away her time balancing on a rock, and looks like she's having a ball doing it.
Over the two weeks, during which the story unfolds, the professor spends his days attempting to write a book while being distracted by his enigmatic wife, who whiles away the hours by staring out to sea.
Over two week the professor spends his days attempting to write a book while being distracted by his enigmatic wife, who whiles away the hours by staring out to sea.
The Egyptian singer has been looking to break into the international market and is set to play concerts around the States while his wife whiles away her time in fashionable New York.
Friends of the whistle blowing website's founder revealed that Assange whiles away most of his days and nights reading books, watching DVDs and surfing the internet, Expresss.
Molly Bloom's daughter Milly is depicted working for a local photographer, while in Stephen Hero the protagonist whiles away some time counting the buttons in the barmaid's blouse at the Greville Arms hotel.
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Young Angus MacMorrow (Alex Etel) whiles away his days playing near the Scottish loch he calls home, wishing his dad would return from the war.
Anglers pay around pounds 600 a week to fish for salmon in the Dee and Prince Charles whiles away hours there when staying at Birkhall, his home on the Balmoral estate.
Truly a person who depends on the proverbial kindness of strangers--or at least the kindness of acquaintances such as waitresses, bookstore owners, and librarians--Gorse whiles away his days reading, walking, and fretting.
Will whiles away many cold, dark stakeout hours talking (just talking) to a wised-up Romanian hooker ("The Departed's" Vera Farmiga, in an amusing but underdeveloped performance).