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To waste time, or to pass time doing unimportant things - thesaurus

Synonyms

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

informal 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

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arse around

Britishimpolite to waste your time, especially by behaving in a way that is not sensible

beat/flog a dead horse

to waste time on something that you know is not going to happen

be tilting at windmills

to be wasting time dealing with problems that do not really exist

bugger about

Britishimpolite to waste time behaving in a silly way

dilly-dally

verb

informal old-fashioned to waste time

faff about

to waste time doing things that are not important or necessary

fart about

impolite to waste time doing silly or unimportant things

footle

verb

informal to waste time doing things that are not important or necessary

frig around

offensive to spend time doing things that are not important

fuck around

offensive an extremely offensive expression that means to waste time, especially by doing things that are silly or unnecessary

goof off

mainly American to waste time when you should be working

jack around

to waste time doing stupid things

mess about

to spend time doing things in a relaxed way

mess about

to try to change or repair something, especially when this is unnecessary or unsuccessful

mooch around

informal to spend time in a place without any particular purpose

moon around

informal to spend time doing nothing useful or important

moon over

informal to spend time thinking about someone who you are attracted to rather than doing anything useful

muck about

to waste time, especially when you should be doing something useful or paying attention

muck up

Australian to behave badly or in a silly way that wastes time

piddle around

informal to spend time doing things that are not important

piss about

impolite to waste time by doing things that are silly or not important

ponce about

to waste time, especially by appearing to be busy or popular

pootle about

Britishinformal to spend time doing things that you enjoy but that are not important

screw around

to waste time in silly or useless activities

split hairs

to argue or worry about very small details or differences that are not important

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