at loose ends
*at loose ends
restless and unsettled; unemployed. (*Typically: be \at loose ends; leave someone \at loose ends.) •

Just before school starts, all the children are at loose ends.

Jane has been at loose ends ever since she lost her job.

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{adj. phr.} Without a regular job or settled habits; uncertain what to do next; having nothing to do for a while; undecided; unsettled; restless. * /Feeling at loose ends, I went for a long walk./ * /He had finished college but hadn't found a job yet, so he was at loose ends./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • at loose ends — {adj. phr.} Without a regular job or settled habits; uncertain what to do next; having nothing to do for a while; undecided; unsettled; restless. * /Feeling at loose ends, I went for a long walk./ * /He had finished college but hadn t found a job …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • At loose ends — Loose Loose (l[=oo]s), a. [Compar. {Looser} (l[=oo]s [ e]r); superl. {Loosest}.] [OE. loos, lous, laus, Icel. lauss; akin to OD. loos, D. los, AS. le[ a]s false, deceitful, G. los, loose, Dan. & Sw. l[ o]s, Goth. laus, and E. lose. [root]127. See …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • at loose ends — (USA) If you are at a loose end, you have spare time but don t know what to do with it …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • at loose ends — phrasal or at a loose end 1. : lacking a settled occupation or regular employment : uncertain of one s future course of action feeling himself at loose ends no job, no immediate prospects Dixon Wecter at a loose end for a time, he had been… …   Useful english dictionary

  • at\ loose\ ends — adj. phr. Without a regular job or settled habits; uncertain what to do next; having nothing to do for a while; undecided; unsettled; restless. Feeling at loose ends, I went for a long walk. He had finished college but hadn t found a job yet, so… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • at loose ends — mod. nervous and anxious; bored with nothing to do. □ Tom usually works puzzles whenever he’s at loose ends. □ I’m at loose ends on weekends …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • at loose ends — not knowing what to do esp. because of some upsetting change. He was at loose ends when their long term relationship broke up. Etymology: based on the idea of a string or rope with ends that are not neatly tied together …   New idioms dictionary

  • at loose ends — ever since the factory closed, Don has been at loose ends Syn: with nothing to do, unoccupied, unemployed, at leisure, idle, adrift, with time to kill; bored, twiddling one s thumbs, hanging/kicking around …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • at loose ends — adjective in an uncertain position or situation I am really at loose ends about this choice, I am between the proverbial rock and hard place …   Wiktionary

  • at loose ends — disorganized, unable to concentrate    I was at loose ends when the kids were fighting. I couldn t think …   English idioms

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