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idle hands are the devil's workshop

When one has nothing to do, one is more likely to get into trouble. When I'm off from school, my grandmother is always trying to get me out of the house, while reminding me that idle hands are the devil's workshop.
See also: hand, idle, workshop

Santa's workshop

The workshop of Santa Claus, where Santa or his elves are said to make the toys that he delivers on Christmas. I'm sure the elves in Santa's workshop are making the toys you'll get for Christmas right now, honey.
See also: workshop

idle brain is the devil's workshop

Prov. People who have nothing worthwhile to think about will usually think of something bad to do. We need to figure out something constructive for Tom to do in the afternoons after school. An idle brain is the devil's workshop.
See also: brain, idle, workshop
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Emphasis: Chamber music, history, improvisation, jazz, private lessons, technique, repertoire, sight reading, theory, workshops, electronic and computer music and conducting.
In the case of the PSW, the biggest hurdle for the government PM is to anticipate, in concert with the industry PM, significant challenges to program execution and to ensure those risks, issues, and opportunities are considered during the workshop.
The results are reported and discussed in three main areas: (a) participant beliefs about their workshops, (b) their attitudes toward the workshops, and (c) their intentions to attend a future IVC workshop.
La Tania, a poised, statuesque woman who employs a style similar to Benitez, led a workshop for 46 intermediate and advanced students eager to learn the regal carriage of flamenco.
The workshop will also allow functional users of DOD automated systems a forum to identify current issues and generate possible solutions to better current processes and obtain feedback on their experiences with them.
Decatur/Atlanta Ayurvedo Workshop--Sat & Sun: Ayurveda, creating health workshop.
The workshop in Setubal aimed at reopening the debate to develop more specific guidance and acceptability criteria and a system that would support the use of (Q)SARs such that the guidance and acceptability criteria were actually applied when a (Q)SAR was used for chemicals management purposes.
A workshop cost $150, the equivalent of more than $400 today.
As a result, College of the Canyons and Fresno City College Centers for Applied Competitive Technology have teamed up to offer advanced technology training in the form of three workshops covering certified Lucent Technologies fiber optics and Category 5 training.
Mallas (1976), reviewing workshop practices, observed that the image of the workshop, both from within and without, was negative, "a place where society relegates its unwanted cast-off goods and people.
Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, said, "Sesame Workshop has been a major fixture in homes since it first premiered in 1969 and is one of the most highly regarded and well known brands existing today.
Summer Brass and Percussion Workshop, New Albany, 6/3-6/9.
In January 2003 the Business Reference Librarian and the Systems Librarian presented the Finance and Accountancy workshop in the library's computer classroom.
Raytheon and DAU conducted the pilot offering of the workshop for the Surfaced-Launched Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile program (SLAMRAAM) from March 16-19, 2004, in Huntsville, Ala.
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