footle around

footle around
To pass time doing unimportant things; messing around.

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  • footle about — verb To pass time doing unimportant things; messing around. Syn: footle around, mess around, mess about …   Wiktionary

  • footle — foo|tle [ futl ] verb intransitive INFORMAL footle around/about to waste time doing things that are not important or necessary …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • footle — verb footle around/about to waste time doing unimportant things when you should be working …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • footle — v 1. caper, prance, frisk, gambol, be playful or jocose; fool around, Inf. mess around, Sl. screw around, Sl. horse around, act childish; get into mischief, Inf. pull shenanigans, play a prank or trick; be silly, joke, jest, clown, play the… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • footle — 1. verb a) To waste time; to trifle. b) To talk nonsense. Syn: hang around, lallygag, loiter, lollygag, mess about, mill about, mill around …   Wiktionary

  • footle — [19] Footling appears to have originated as a euphemistic equivalent to fucking. It probably comes from a dialectal footer ‘mess about, fuck around’, which may well have been acquired from French foutre ‘copulate with’, a descendant of Latin… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • footle — [19] Footling appears to have originated as a euphemistic equivalent to fucking. It probably comes from a dialectal footer ‘mess about, fuck around’, which may well have been acquired from French foutre ‘copulate with’, a descendant of Latin… …   Word origins

  • muck about/around — (Brit. informal) 1 he was mucking about with his mates: FOOL ABOUT/AROUND, play about/around, clown about/around, footle about/around; informal mess about/around, horse about/around, lark (about/around). 2 someone s been mucking about with the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • hang around — verb be about (Freq. 7) The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square Who is this man that is hanging around the department? • Syn: ↑loiter, ↑lounge, ↑footle, ↑lollygag, ↑loaf, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • mill around — verb 1. be about The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square Who is this man that is hanging around the department? • Syn: ↑loiter, ↑lounge, ↑footle, ↑lollygag, ↑loaf, ↑lallygag …   Useful english dictionary

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