The idle rich had driven down from Biarritz with their uniformed chauffeurs.
But, here, too, Obama has quietly thrown a lifeline to the idle rich.
Some airports, like in San Francisco and Seoul, even have attractions like museums and cultural centers to idle away the time.
American companies routinely avoid taxation by moving their idle cash offshore.
There are smiles, idle chit chat, and small courtesies evident as they enter and depart the courtroom.
It was idle; a magic seems to shield a captive's leap for life.
I told one of them idle bobbies to go and fetch him from Bloomsbury.
It would be idle either to affirm or to deny that the last half-century has produced men of science of the calibre of Newton.
Neglected and idle, he did not grumble; straitened and poor, he did not mope.
They must be kept in their place, and it was idle to imagine that there was any science in wood or iron work.'
Old English idel "empty, void; vain; worthless, useless; not employed," common West Germanic (cf. Old Saxon idal, Old Frisian idel "empty, worthless," Old Dutch idil, Old High German ital, German eitel "vain, useless, mere, pure"), of unknown origin. Idle threats preserves original sense; meaning "lazy" is c.1300.
late 15c., "make vain or worthless," from idle (adj.). Meaning "spend or waste (time)" is from 1650s. Meaning "cause to be idle" is from 1789. Sense of "running slowly and steadily without transmitting power" (as a motor) first recorded 1916. Related: Idled; idling.