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synonyms for idles

  • decrease
  • diminish
  • fail
  • fall off
  • falter
  • slacken
  • slow
  • trail
  • wane
  • dally
  • dawdle
  • dillydally
  • drag
  • ebb
  • flag
  • hobble
  • idle
  • inch
  • jelly
  • limp
  • linger
  • loiter
  • lounge
  • plod
  • poke
  • procrastinate
  • retard
  • saunter
  • shuffle
  • slouch
  • stagger
  • stay
  • straggle
  • tail
  • tarry
  • tool
  • trudge
  • be behind
  • drag one's feet
  • get no place fast
  • hang back
  • inch along
  • lose strength
  • put off
  • slow up
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antonyms for idles

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  • develop
  • enlarge
  • expand
  • grow
  • increase
  • raise
  • advance
  • complete
  • do
  • finish
  • go
  • hasten
  • hurry
  • leave
  • push
  • rise
  • run
  • rush
  • tiptoe
  • halt
  • advance
  • rush
  • tiptoe
  • continue
  • finish
  • carry on
  • run
  • forward
  • forge
  • leave
  • go
  • hurry
  • go ahead
  • complete
  • rise
  • do
  • ascend
  • increase
  • energize
  • achieve
  • straighten
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How to use idles in a sentence

If the engine idles too fast with throttle closed, the latter may be adjusted by means of the throttle lever adjusting screw.
MARVEL CARBURETER AND HEAT CONTROLANONYMOUS
I really think an Italian idles more complacently and contentedly and picturesquely than any other mortal.
POLLY THE PAGANISABEL ANDERSON
Thus he idles away all his time, and all his business with his sences runs a wool-gathering.
THE TEN PLEASURES OF MARRIAGE AND THE CONFESSION OF THE NEW-MARRIED COUPLE (1682)A. MARSH
Labour is the curse and the qualification, also; and so the dullard who toils shall beat the genius who idles.
THE TENANTS OF MALORYJOSEPH SHERIDAN LE FANU
It is one of the unwritten laws of Gipsy life that the wife works while the husband idles about the tent.
GIPSY LIFEGEORGE SMITH
But the angler who idles down the stream takes them as they come, and all his observations have a flavour of surprise in them.
FISHERMAN'S LUCKHENRY VAN DYKE
Excuse me if I say that, if my nephew idles his time away at Wenderholme Cottage, he will never be a rich man.
WENDERHOLMEPHILIP GILBERT HAMERTON
Here and there idles an immaculate and lynx-eyed customs guard in sailors uniform.
VISTAS IN SICILYARTHUR STANLEY RIGGS
All the idles of Chicago hired by the city hall could not keep control of the snow on the streets.
CONVERSION OF A HIGH PRIEST INTO A CHRISTIAN WORKERMELETIOS GOLDEN
Bummer, literally one who sits or idles about; a loafer; one who sponges upon his acquaintances.
THE SLANG DICTIONARYJOHN CAMDEN HOTTEN
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OCTOBER 26, 1985
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