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idle time

(commerce) time during which a machine or a worker could be working but is not, as when one job has been completed and tooling or materials for the next are not complete or available Compare downtime
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  • He became cunning; he had idle time in which to devote himself to thoughts of trickery.

    White Fang Jack London
  • In our various pursuits, we should be enabled to employ all our idle time.

    The Desert Home Mayne Reid
  • Come to me some idle time to-morrow, and I'll tell you about it, if all's well.

  • But she did not do it—perhaps from the inherent awkwardness of such a topic at this idle time.

    A Laodicean Thomas Hardy
  • It leaves plenty of idle time in the hands of ones who follow it.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • Then there is the broadsword exercise to fill up the idle time.

  • One man-hour of idle time to be charged into the cost figure of the antigrav unit.

    Sense from Thought Divide Mark Irvin Clifton
  • The Pennsylvania made a round trip in about thirty-five days, with a day or two of idle time at either end.

  • In the idle time between dinner and supper he sat down by the fire, lighted his pipe, repented his unruly tongue, and waited.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • A party of our lady visitors brought us wool and volunteered to teach us the art of knitting to while away our idle time.

    The Black Watch Scout Joe Cassells

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