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