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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR IDLES

The whole year is lost to him who sleeps or idles away the seed-time.

The longer one idles the more difficult it is to make a start.

I really think an Italian idles more complacently and contentedly and picturesquely than any other mortal.

Here and there idles an immaculate and lynx-eyed customs guard in sailors uniform.

All the idles of Chicago hired by the city hall could not keep control of the snow on the streets.

Bummer, literally one who sits or idles about; a loafer; one who sponges upon his acquaintances.

He idles along the street and looks in through the windows at Prints upon the walls.

But the angler who idles down the stream takes them as they come, and all his observations have a flavour of surprise in them.

Thus he idles away all his time, and all his business with his sences runs a wool-gathering.

Labour is the curse and the qualification, also; and so the dullard who toils shall beat the genius who idles.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English idel "empty, void; vain; worthless, useless; not employed," common West Germanic (cf. Old Saxon idal, Old Frisian idel "empty, worthless," Old Dutch idil, Old High German ital, German eitel "vain, useless, mere, pure"), of unknown origin. Idle threats preserves original sense; meaning "lazy" is c.1300.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.