twiddle one's thumbs

twiddle one's thumbs
Fig. to pass the time by twirling one's thumbs. •

What am I supposed to do while waiting for you? Sit here and twiddle my thumbs?

Don't sit around twiddling your thumbs. Get busy!

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{v. phr.} To do nothing; be idle. * /I'd rather work than stand around here twiddling my thumbs./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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