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synonyms for twiddle one's thumbs

  • do nothing
  • not lift a finger
  • sit it out
  • sit on one's hands
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This broad end is played with the thumbs, the instrument being held with both hands.
JOURNAL OF A VOYAGE TO BRAZILMARIA GRAHAM
Ward sat back in his swivel chair, hooked his thumbs into the arm holes of his vest and beamed.
HOODED DETECTIVE, VOLUME III NO. 2, JANUARY, 1942VARIOUS
I have seen a man hung up to a beam by his thumbs because he would not give up money which perhaps he did not possess.
HUNTED AND HARRIEDR.M. BALLANTYNE
I have seen more alligators than you can count fingers and thumbs on your little dimpled hands.
THE NURSERY, DECEMBER 1881, VOL. XXXVARIOUS
This was lucky, for a man may get along with damaged thumbs, but it would have been hard to travel with crippled legs!
HUNTED AND HARRIEDR.M. BALLANTYNE
As she paced backwards and forwards at her daily toil, it was a perpetual entertainment to see him lying there sucking his thumbs.
THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY, VOLUME 17, NO. 101, MARCH, 1866VARIOUS
The release is made by bringing the tips of the fingers together and placing the thumbs into the palms.
THE BOY MECHANIC, BOOK 2VARIOUS
Be careful to press both thumbs closely into the palms in passing so that they will not strike the object.
THE BOY MECHANIC, BOOK 2VARIOUS
The fingers are placed in the handles to carry the weight, while the thumbs are used to keep the jar from tipping.
THE BOY MECHANIC, BOOK 2VARIOUS
He held it up between his forefingers and thumbs, and cracked a rough, foolish joke—no matter what it was.
OVER THE SLIPRAILSHENRY LAWSON
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OCTOBER 26, 1985
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