twiddle one's thumbs

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To wait or dawdle; to accomplish nothing useful or lack a useful occupation.
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He twiddled his thumbs for almost a week while he waited for somebody to set up his computer.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

Additional definitions for 'twiddle one's thumbs':

twiddle one's thumbsTo circle one's thumbs around one another, usually with the fingers interlaced, usually done idly while waiting or bored.
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