lazybones

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lazy +‎ bones

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lazybones (plural lazybones)

  1. (slang) A person who is lazy; one who is inactive and without ambition.
    • 1839, Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, ch. 42,
      The foremost traveller stopped and called impatiently to his companion. "Come on, can't yer? What a lazybones yer are, Charlotte."
    • 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, H.L. Brækstad, transl., Folk and Fairy Tales, page 168:
      His father thought that there was no doubt some more suitable work to be found for him, for he who should watch hares ought to be light and smart, and no lazybones, and when the hares began to run and fly about, there would be quite another dance than hanging about the house all day doing nothing.
    • 1989, The Bible (NRSV), Proverbs 6:9,
      How long will you lie there, O lazybones? When will you rise from your sleep?
    • 2013, J. M. Coetzee, The Childhood of Jesus. Melbourne, Australia: The Text Publishing Company. chapter 16. p. 145.
      Isn't it time you got up, you lazybones?

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