time suck

noun
\ ˈtīm-ˌsək How to pronounce time suck (audio) \
variants: or time-suck
plural time sucks or time-sucks

Definition of time suck

informal : an activity to which one devotes a lot of time that might be better or more productively spent doing other things Yes, it's no secret that Twitter can be a tremendous time-suck. But imagine getting paid for wasting those precious minutes of your day.— Sean Gregory The electronic plate would update automatically to show your current registration. This is mildly convenient for regular folks but super convenient for fleets. Gingerly applying stickers to dozens of cars seems like it would be a real time-suck.— Kyle Hyatt Adversity can inspire great art, but it can also be a time suck. For more than twenty years, Matthew Covey has been helping musicians and other artists deal with government paperwork.— Betsy Morais

First Known Use of time suck

1991, in the meaning defined above

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“Time suck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time%20suck. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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