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A man who has been active hates 270 to sit down and twiddle his thumbs.

Then I did remember more or less, while Hans continued to twiddle the hat.

I twiddle your little good Andrew to assert it for us twenty times a day.

Get under the pilot an' sort o' twiddle ye off the track, don't they?

Waiting the answer, he joined his hands, and began to twiddle his thumbs.

And the rest of us are to sit and twiddle our thumbs while you soliloquize?

On the other side he could twiddle his fingers at the corporal, who dared not pursue.

And I think, by then, she'll be able to twiddle over them wires by herself.'

They simply reach into our minds and twiddle around and—zoop!

We his tools, when the silly ass hasn't wits to twiddle his own thumbs?

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, "to trifle," of unknown origin; of the fingers, first recorded 1670s. Figurative phrase twiddle one's thumbs "have nothing to do" is recorded from 1846; to twirl one's thumbs in the same sense is recorded from 1816. Related: Twiddled; twiddling.

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