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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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  • The troops this day had gone into winter-quarters, and sat down to kill the idle time with pleasure until spring.

    Red Men and White Owen Wister
  • He became cunning; he had idle time in which to devote himself to thoughts of trickery.

    White Fang Jack London
  • Will Laud had idle time to spare, and he devoted a great portion of it to Margaret, and was a constant attendant at Nacton.

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

    A Laodicean Thomas Hardy
  • 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
  • What a place this would be, he reflected, to idle time away with the companionship of love.

    The Tyranny of Weakness Charles Neville Buck
  • It was the busiest part of the day, for there seemed to be no idle time for the siesta here.

  • They spent their idle time weaving papyrus reeds into mats, and wove boats from the same useful plant.

  • The Pennsylvania made a round trip in about thirty-five days, with a day or two of idle time at either end.

  • It would be bad enough were the boy left to his own devices for squandering his idle time and his hard-earned pence.

    The Seven Curses of London James Greenwood

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