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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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References in classic literature ?
Montmorency had invited two other dogs to come and see him off, and they were whiling away the time by fighting on the doorstep.
Its current owners say their family have loved growing up in its surroundings, whiling away days watching their extensive garden change colour over the year and prosper in the summer.
Those warm and sunlit autumn days are perfect for whiling away some time in the garden or going for a picnic.
A patient said that one ultrasound takes only 10 to 15 minutes but whiling away the time in gossiping by the doctors prolongs this test for over half and hour.
Ampo-an, who was later called a drug suspect by the Manila police, was whiling away time in a tricycle marked 'Jesus' when mask-wearing gunmen shot him four times.
Grass Ceiling IT is said we are walking on the roof of hell looking at the flowers And we are merely puppets of infinite powers Draped in chains in forgetful sense warped showers Lost in space time whiling away the hours.
You can hardly blame the young woman for whiling away her time in a casino at 4 in the afternoon.
EAU LA LA Quebec City and Montmorency Falls If a more sedate pace is your thing, nothing beats the beautiful Ile d'Orleans in the , where eating strawberries and whiling away an afternoon are a speciality.
They are easy on the pockets, offering the best of every cuisine and most of these places come with a variety of innovative recreational options perfect for whiling away time after classes.
uk YOU will need to first build the camper van brick by brick, whiling away the miserable day.
FEW things in life make my spirits soar like the prospect of whiling away two or three hours eating and drinking in a rooftop bar.
WHEN it comes to whiling away a free hour on my own, nothing else even comes close to the bliss of losing myself in a book.
Sitting in a row of women packed closely together, whiling away the time by leafing through the papers and latest magazines (provided by the hair salon as a little luxury) and all waiting patiently under rigid hood hairdryers - the height of technology back in the 50s.
But if it clicks you'll find yourself whiling away weeks in its wonderful world, planning hunting trips, farming crops and trading resources at the expense of real-world pursuits like going to work.
Shikara owners are whiling away time playing carrom and other indoor games.