while away

phrasal verb

whiled away; whiling away; whiles away
: to spend (time) doing something pleasant and easy
We whiled away the afternoon with a walk around the garden.

Examples of while away in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to an associate who requested anonymity for fear of retaliation, Castro ate breakfast every morning at Dino’s, a hamburger stand on Main Street in Lincoln Heights, whiling away the hours with a cup of coffee and puzzles from the newspaper. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2024 This top-selling pair also doubles as workout pants for those who love to exercise while away. Gabrielle Porcaro, Travel + Leisure, 27 May 2024 Or score a hard-to-come-by reservation at a fine dining restaurant and while away the hours over multiple courses. Jill Cassidy, The Arizona Republic, 27 June 2023 An endless scroll of homemade productions, many of them shot in small towns or farms and set to popular music, helped while away the hours across the world’s cheapest and fastest-growing mobile-data network. Suhasini Raj, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2024 No more can Po while away his days punching dudes and eating dumplings. Amy Nicholson, Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2024 Maybe while away the time by tidying up your castle? Ed Silverman Reprints, STAT, 9 Feb. 2024 With an array of bars, nightclubs, and immersive entertainment—and more peaceful areas like the spa—there’s no shortage of ways to while away the days on the Atlantic. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 Feb. 2024 Some lingered for just a few sets, whereas others committed themselves for hours, bringing out balls of yarn and knitting needles to while away the time. Alex Vadukul, New York Times, 5 Jan. 2024

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“While away.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/while%20away. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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