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adjective idle pronunciation in British English /ˈaɪd(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    machines or factories that are idle are not being used
    The extra power stations are idle when demand is lower.
    stand/lie/sit idle: Valuable machinery is left to lie idle for long periods.
    1. a.
      workers who are idle have no work
      Many men were made idle as the mills closed down.
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  2. 2
    Get upstairs and wake up that idle brother of yours.
    You’re just bone idle, the lot of you.
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    1. a.
      [often in negatives] not doing anything, when there are things that you should do
      Don’t worry. I have not been idle while you were away.
      This country will not remain idle if its friends are attacked.
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  3. 3
    [only before noun] without a good reason or real purpose
    It was only from idle curiosity that she opened the book.
    idle chatter/gossip
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  4. 4
    not really intended or not likely to have any result
    idle threat: It didn’t sound like an idle threat to me (=it was a real threat).


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