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To waste time, or to pass time doing unimportant things

fritter away

to waste time or money on things that are not necessary or important

fiddle around

to waste time doing things that are not important or useful

knock around

to spend time somewhere with no particular purpose

loaf

verb

to spend time doing nothing, usually when you should be working

mess about

to waste time doing things that are not important

reinvent the wheel

to waste time and effort trying to do something that someone else has already done well

kill time

to make time seem to pass more quickly by doing something instead of just waiting

pass the time

to prevent yourself from becoming bored by doing something, often something that you are not really interested in

kick your heels

to waste time waiting for someone or something

fiddle while Rome burns

to be busy doing unimportant things when you should be dealing with an important problem

creep

used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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sandwich woman

a woman in middle age who has to juggle caring for teenage children and ageing parents with a career

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