waste of time


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Noun1.waste of time - the devotion of time to a useless activity; "the waste of time could prove fatal"
waste, wastefulness, dissipation - useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly; "if the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste"; "mindless dissipation of natural resources"
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There are very few things that I think it a waste of time to have read; I should probably have wasted the time if I had not read them, and at the period I speak of I do not think I wasted much time.
After all, if you read Greek, you need never read anything else, pure waste of time--pure waste of time," thus speaking half to himself, with quick movements of his hands; they had come round again to the circle of books on the floor, and their progress was stopped.
Unhappy is the fate of one who tries to win his battles and succeed in his attacks without cultivating the spirit of enterprise; for the result is waste of time and general stagnation.
That's an awful waste of time," commented Dan, "but I guess you'll need to if you're always going to say what you think.
But 'though I can paint it for you in three seconds it would take an hour to dry, and that's a waste of time.
I question whether one hour of all her life was given to thoughts of food; in her great days to eat seemed to her to be waste of time, and afterwards she only ate to boast of it, as something she had done to please us.
Aside from actually vicious pursuits, there can be no more melancholy waste of time than the effort to demonstrate that Shakspere is not the real author of his reputed works.
It became the children's work to watch the cattle in the fields, and at last it was found to be a waste of time to bake bread at home.
To multiply examples of the agency of personal considerations in the production of great national events, either foreign or domestic, according to their direction, would be an unnecessary waste of time.
Except under peculiar circumstances, I consider very close and constant study as a waste of time, and an injury to the mind as well as the body.
He said: "Normally, it's a waste of time for us, I think we should, but normally, it's a waste of time.
He said: "Normally it's a waste of time for us, I think we should but normally it's a waste of time.