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To do something in a way that is not serious

play at

to do something without being very serious about it

dabble

verb

to be involved in an activity for a short time in a way that is not very serious

trifle with

to deal with something in a way that shows you do not have a serious attitude towards it

go through the motions

to do things in the usual way but without much effort or enthusiasm because you do not expect to succeed

pass the time

to do something that makes a period of time seem shorter and end more quickly, especially when you are bored

sandwich generation

a generation … who are balancing working life with caring for both their teenage children and elderly parents

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dish

to gossip or share personal information with someone …

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