idle away

idle away
phrasal verb [transitive]
Word forms "idle away":
present tense I/you/we/they idle away he/she/it idles away present participle idling away past tense idled away past participle idled away
to spend time relaxing and doing nothing

Morse idled away most of Monday in his office.


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