To kill time

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Related to To kill time: games, time killer, waste time
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But there were vacant seats here and there, and into one of them she was ushered, between brilliantly dressed women who had gone there to kill time and eat candy and display their gaudy attire.
But there was no help for it, so up stairs I went to my little room in the third floor, undressed myself as slowly as possible so as to kill time, and with a bitter sigh got between the sheets.
It was essential for him to be with someone to talk to, so as not to be left alone, to kill time. Stepan Arkadyevitch would have been the companion most congenial to him, but he was going out, he said, to a soiree, in reality to the ballet.
He had been known once or twice to yawn, and he had somewhat the appearance of a man engaged in an earnest but at times not altogether successful attempt to kill time. Perhaps for that reason he made acquaintances with a little more than his customary freedom.
In short, the generality of persons whom you see here may more properly be said to kill time in this place than in any other; and generally retire from hence more tired than from the longest sermon.
However, as I have said, Matilda at length yielded in some degree to her mother's authority (pity it had not been exerted before); and being thus deprived of almost every source of amusement, there was nothing for it but to take long rides with the groom and long walks with the governess, and to visit the cottages and farmhouses on her father's estate, to kill time in chatting with the old men and women that inhabited them.
But strolling on to the Bank to kill time, and having the good fortune to observe at the window,' towards which he languidly waved his hand, then slightly bowed, 'a lady of a very superior and agreeable appearance, I considered that I could not do better than take the liberty of asking that lady where Mr.
They have no use for these lofty exercises which they look upon as a sort of purely masculine game--game meaning a respectable occupation devised to kill time in this man-arranged life which must be got through somehow.
The champion from Argentina was in no mood to kill time, putting on his training gear and heading straight to gym just hours upon his arrival.
According to reporter, Maulana Abbas Ansari addressing a function in Srinagar said that India was never serious in holding meaningful dialogue but only wanted to kill time and hoodwink the international community by calling for dialogue from time to time.
What was once just a way to kill time is now to be made a medal sport in the 2022 Asian Games at Hangzhou, China, as announced by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).
As for the on and off US-Russia meetings to discuss a political solution for the Syrian crisis, I agree with the writer that it is just an attempt to kill time.