pass the time


1

Occupy oneself for an interval, as in The plane was six hours late but I passed the time reading a book.

2

pass the time of day. Exchange greetings, engage in pleasantries, chat, as in Whenever I met her we would stop to pass the time of day. [First half of 1800s]

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Example sentences from the Web for pass the time

  • Practice I did, if only in friendly emulation of the others, as a pass-the-time.

    Desert Dust|Edwin L. Sabin