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twiddle one's thumbs

Definition of twiddle one's thumbs


  1. :  to do nothing :  to waste time while waiting for something to happen <I was just twiddling my thumbs until the phone rang.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to play negligently with something :  fiddle

    :  to turn or jounce lightly

    :  to rotate lightly or idly

  1. :  turn, twist

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  1. :  the short thick digit of the human hand that is analogous in position to the big toe and differs from the other fingers in having only two phalanges, allowing greater freedom of movement, and being opposable to each of them

    :  a corresponding digit in lower animals

    :  the part of a glove or mitten that covers the thumb

  1. :  to leaf through (pages) with the thumb :  turn

    :  to soil or wear by or as if by repeated thumbing

    :  to request or obtain (a ride) in a passing automobile by signaling with the thumb

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