do-nothing

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj do-nothing characterized by inability or unwillingness to work toward a goal or assume responsibility "a do-nothing government"
    • n do-nothing person who does no work "a lazy bum"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The term "dog days" has nothing to do with dogs. It dates back to Roman times, when it was believed that Sirius, the Dog Star, added its heat to that of the sun from July3 to August 11, creating exceptionally high temperatures. The Romans called the period dies caniculares, or "days of the dog."
    • a do-nothing Doing nothing; disinclined to work or exertion; inactive; idle; lazy; -- of people; as, a do-nothing policy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n do-nothing One who does nothing; an idler.
    • do-nothing Doing no work; idle; indolent; inactive.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Do-nothing dōō′-nuth′ing one who does nothing: a lazy or idle person: a fainéant
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Quotations

  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “The man who has nothing to do is always the busiest.”
  • Henry Fielding
    Henry%20Fielding
    “When children are doing nothing, they are doing mischief.”
  • James Agate
    James Agate
    “Don't pity me now, don't pity me never; I'm going to do nothing for ever and ever.”
  • Lloyd Jones
    Lloyd Jones
    “The man who tries to do something and fails is infinitely better than he who tries to do nothing and succeeds.”
  • Gertrude Stein
    Gertrude%20Stein
    “It takes a lot of time to be a genius. You have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.”
  • William Morris
    William Morris
    “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

Usage

In literature:

But I'm sure you will excuse me if I say that we can do nothing at the bidding of that old cormorant.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
He could do nothing, and something had to be done.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
In such circumstances it was not singular that he should say nothing and do nothing.
"Cousin Henry" by Anthony Trollope
If I do nothing, neither party will believe in my doing nothing: each will suspect me of secret dealings with the other.
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
Before you were indignant with me for doing nothing and being in earnest about nothing.
"A Girl of the Commune" by George Alfred Henty
At first he would do nothing except grumble about his brother's childish obstinacy.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
But I can't do nothing.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
And I can do nothing.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Yes, but I could do nothing in it yet.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
Do you suppose you come here to do nothing?
"An Old Man's Love" by Anthony Trollope
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In poetry:

"Flash is nothing but a puppy;
So, Walter, do not worry;
If he knew that he'd done wrong,
He'd be sorry, sorry, sorry;"
"Walter And His Dog" by Eliza Lee Follen
That duty's the little door:
You must open it and go in;
There is nothing else to do before,
There is nowhere else to begin.
"Willie's Question" by George MacDonald
And findest to this very hour,
That this is still the charm;
Thou canst do nothing, till with pow'r
Thy Husband shew his arm?
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
A laboring man, with horny hands,
Who swung the axe, who tilled his lands,
Who shrank from nothing new,
But did as poor men do!
"Abraham Lincoln: An Horatian Ode" by Richard Henry Stoddard
Yet hence I comfort do receive,
When nothing else can comfort give,
That greater is thy mercy, far,
Than all my foul offences are.
"Lamentation Of A Sinner" by Rees Prichard
She had her way; a lover the more,
And I had a friend the less.
For long there was nothing to do but wait
And suffer his happiness.
"Among The Rice Fields" by Laurence Hope

In news:

Do-nothing Dolphins becoming irrelevant.
Politics ACLU-TN Tells Haslam to Spank That "Monkey Bill," Governor Bows to Do-Nothing Legislature.
With Payroll Tax Cut Done, Is It Do-Nothing Congress Time.
Antibiotics Do Nothing to Cure Sinus Infections, Study Says.
Gingrich Says "We Shouldn't Give (Unemployed) 99 Weeks To Do Nothing".
Obama, Truman, and the ' Do-Nothing ' Congress.
Obama says he would love it if Congress would act so aggressively that he couldn't campaign against a " do-nothing Congress.".
Obama may be preparing to run against a "do nothing" Congress in 2012.
Nasty outbursts do nothing for marijuana cause.
For those reasons and more, it is hard to see how the $6 trillion do-nothing option would be allowed to happen.
Can you do nothing and just relax for two minutes.
When I ran across this test I thought…anyone can do nothing for two minutes…right.
Why did we do nothing in Syria.
Detroit bus drivers paid to do nothing.
And he made clear that President Truman's 1948 campaign line against a " do-nothing Congress" – a successful strategy – is in his playbook.
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In science:

Finally, if µ = 0, there is nothing left to do.
A Simple Proof that Rational Curves on K3 are Nodal
Note that the appearance of c in these expressions has nothing to do with assumptions about the speed of gravity, it merely represents the speed of the photon when we calculate relative distances and velocities.
The speed of gravity has not been measured from time delays
This multiplicative factor is derived directly from the integral of the gravitational potential along the line of sight, and has absolutely nothing to do with the speed of gravity, which we are assuming here to be instantaneous.
The speed of gravity has not been measured from time delays
For the moment, let us only point out that J (λ), which is the Jacobian of the transformation from random matrices to eigenvalues and eigenangles in the gaussian ensembles, has nothing to do with the Jacobian between the space of transfer matrices and the space of radial coordinates in the present case.
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
Note that the symmetry in P0 (w) has nothing to do with the LFSR method.
Pseudo Random Coins Show More Heads Than Tails
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