at a loose end

idiom

British
: not knowing what to do : not having anything in particular to do
With everyone on vacation she was at a loose end.
Drop by if you find yourself at a loose end this weekend.

Examples of at a loose end in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So Charles was left at a loose end, struggling to draw from the diminishing pool of debutantes who satisfied the stringent royal criteria. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 8 Sep. 2022 Things settle into a more relaxed Britcom groove once Maurice, at a loose end with his children grown and retirement looming, finds his new calling — one that precisely no one else can hear. Guy Lodge, Variety, 20 Oct. 2021 This left Justine at a loose end, and Brett was right there to pick it up. Rachel Cusk, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021 On the evening of February 16, 1961, 19-year-old Wilbert Rideau found himself at a loose end. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, 11 Jan. 2021

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“At a loose end.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/at%20a%20loose%20end. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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