kill time

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kill time (third-person singular simple present kills time, present participle killing time, simple past and past participle killed time)

  1. (informal, intransitive) To spend time doing nothing in particular in order that it seems to pass more quickly.
    She had nothing better to do, so she went to the bowling alley to kill time.
    • 1989 She's up there now, thought Bella, up in that freezing studio, killing time till the child comes home, mooning, dreaming, turning disjointed thoughts over in her head, and we'll pay for it. — The Green behind the Glass, Adele Geras, Lions Teen Tracks

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