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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.

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

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    Edwin L. Sabin