copious free time

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the introduction to It makes a fellow proud to be a soldier by Tom Lehrer.

Noun[edit]

copious free time (plural copious free times)

  1. (idiomatic, sarcastic) A hypothetical time set aside for performing time-consuming tasks, however insinuating that the speaker really has no free time.
    I'll do that in my copious free time.
    • 1959, Tom Lehrer, introduction to It makes a fellow proud to be a soldier:
      I recall this sergeant's informing me and my "room-mates" of this rather deplorable fact the army didn't have any official, excuse me, didn't have no official song and suggested that we work on this in our copious free time.