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Ineffective or useless
“So he did something that for the rest of us is merely an idle threat.”
Not operating or being used
“The machines are sitting idle with the ground so wet they cannot work.”
Not easily aroused to action or work
“They always claim to work hard, but in truth they're nothing but lazy idle sluggards!”
Not engaged in any occupation or employment
“Personally, I don't have a boss, and I like to let my contacts know when I am idle - usually means I am on the phone or otherwise busy.”
Empty, vacant
“Although it seemed like he had gotten over it quickly it still plagued him at idle moments.”
Frivolous or trivial
“Their culture is to earn more by using less fuel, doing less labour, and carrying fewer passengers, and spend the rest of the time in idle gossip.”
To spend in idleness
“As well, the frequency of idling appears to decrease as a person ages - a retiree is the least likely to idle.”
To tick over
“She let the big black truck idle for a moment before turning it off.”
Move aimlessly or lazily
“He picked up well and Johnny said he idled when he hit the front.”
To spend in idleness
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