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adverb as in lazily

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The period of time listed on this menu—ranging from 15 seconds to 30 minutes—controls how long your phone will sit idle before going into standby and displaying the lock screen.

Scripps may have been a millionaire – the equivalent of a billionaire today – but she was no shill for the idle rich.

They launched a new service – previously there was an offline point, which is now closed, and the equipment is idle.

These governments have been paying idled employees 60 to 90 percent of their wages through their employer.

So, after years of idle complaining, I finally decided to try to do something about it.

After idly admiring the work for almost a week, Iolas gained the courage to enter his very first gallery.

The street vendor, an older man in a baseball hat, sits by idly as tourists flood past the table.

There is more honor in death than watching a single Egyptian harmed while its Army is standing idly by.

"We cannot stand idly by and allow such atrocities to continue," he said.

After finishing his massacre, Holmes walked out to the movie-theater parking lot, and reportedly began idly firing at his car.

Idly his pen traced upon the paper in front of him a large X, the sign of the unknown quantity.

The countenances round him turned sinister, but not idly, negatively sinister: they grew dark with purpose.

Edna was sitting on the tabouret, idly brushing the tips of a feather duster along the carpet when he came in again.

The Nora lies becalmed not far from the Goodwin buoy, with her sails hanging idly on the yards.

He watches the budding of evil instincts, the ignoble habits idly acquired in degradation.


On this page you'll find 5 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to idly, such as: leisurely, nonchalantly, slowly, and slackly.

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