twiddle one's thumbs

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twiddle one's thumbs

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  1. to circle one's thumbs around one another, usually with the fingers interlaced, usually done idly while waiting or bored
  2. (idiomatic) To wait or dawdle; to accomplish nothing useful or lack a useful occupation.
    He twiddled his thumbs for almost a week while he waited for somebody to set up his computer.

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