idle hands are the devil's workshop
See also: idle hands are the Devil's workshop
- Idle hands are the devil's playthings
- Idle hands are the devil's tools
- the devil makes work for idle hands
- any of these, but with Devil in place of devil
This proverb originates from the Bible, the book of Proverbs chapter 16 verse 27 (Proverbs 16:27) which was probably the inspiration of St. Jerome's saying: fac et aliquid operis, ut semper te diabolus inveniat occupatum.
One who is idle will likely come to do evil