waste one's time


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v waste one's time be lazy or idle "Her son is just bumming around all day"
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  • Oscar Wilde
    “When one pays a visit it is for the purpose of wasting other people's time, not one's own.”


In literature:

You stand and fall by your own work, remember, and it's waste of time to think of any one else in this battle.
"The Light That Failed" by Rudyard Kipling
When one can play the violin and can't teach, any more than a cuckatoo, what's the good of wasting one's time in teaching?
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Gretzinger was one not given to wasting time with men of Bryant's type.
"The Iron Furrow" by George C. Shedd
I'm the one's who's wasting the time.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
But time wastes one's cash as well as one's patience in prison.
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
They waste one's time.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
But we cannot have the court's time wasted by boisterous conduct on the part of any one present.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants" by H. Irving Hancock
Life's short, Tom; and at my age one can't afford to waste time.
"The Vast Abyss" by George Manville Fenn
There's enough Yankees in sight all the time for all the bullets we have, without wasting any on imaginary ones.
"Si Klegg, Book 6 (of 6) Si And Shorty, With Their Boy Recruits, Enter On The Atlanta Campaign" by John McElroy
It seems a waste of time to eat, instead of peacefully feeding one's mind on the beauty of it all.
"Lady Cassandra" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey

In poetry:

To drink, to sing lewd ballads, and to whore,
To waste one's precious time, to play the thief,
To revel, riot, and oppress the poor,
Bring on disease, with ev'ry other grief.
"Advice To The Sick" by Rees Prichard
Winning some one else's case?
Saving some one else's seat?
Hearing with a solemn face
People of importance bleat?
No, I think we should not still
Waste our time at others' will.
"Pereunt Et Imputantur" by Sir Henry Newbolt
He'll not with one loose word dispense,
Nor with a farthing's vain expence,
Nor moment, spent without due weight and heed —
No vanity, nor waste of time,
Nor act obscene, nor heinous crime;
But all must then be answer'd for with speed.
"To The Sons Of Brutus" by Rees Prichard

In news:

But when you do, "you waste the time of a lot of people," said Damon Horowitz, one of Aardvark 's four co-founders.
Unfortunately for one of them, the man happens to have a concealed weapons permit, and Lt Rob Schoonover with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says the man wasted no time springing into action.
Not wasting any time, Colorado's Aaron Schneekloth net one just 2:18 in.
Hillsboro has wasted little time in establishing itself as one of the state's premier wrestling programs this season.
And no one's wasted any time doing that.