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idle

  

      adj  
1    unemployed or unoccupied; inactive  
2    not operating or being used  
3    (of money) not being used to earn interest or dividends  
4    not wanting to work; lazy  
5    usually prenominal   frivolous or trivial  
idle pleasures     
6    ineffective or powerless; fruitless; vain  
7    without basis; unfounded  
      vb  
8    when tr, often foll by: away   to waste or pass (time) fruitlessly or inactively  
he idled the hours away     
9    intr   to loiter or move aimlessly  
10    intr   (of a shaft, etc.) to turn without doing useful work  
11    intr     (Also (Brit.))    tick over   (of an engine) to run at low speed with the transmission disengaged  
12    tr     (U.S. and Canadian)   to cause to be inactive or unemployed  
     (Old English idel; compare Old High German ital empty, vain)  
  idleness      n  
  idly      adv  


bone idle  
      adj   very idle; extremely lazy  
idle pulley   , idler pulley  
      n   a freely rotating trolley used to control the tension or direction of a belt,   (Also called)    idler  
idle time  
      n     (Commerce)   time during which a machine or a worker could be working but is not, as when one job has been completed and tooling or materials for the next are not complete or available  
   Compare       downtime  
idle wheel  
      n   a gearwheel interposed between two others to transmit torque without changing the direction of rotation to the velocity ratio,   (Also called)    idler  
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exp.
It is healthy to laugh
[US]
n.
(Abbreviation) World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger. WFP is part of the United Nations system and is voluntarily funded.
WFP is funded entirely by voluntary donations. wfp.org
n.
Materialistic concept neonewtonist. In its measures, this variation of length of traveled route (by unit of time) by a group of photons ( φ is the initial of photons) - the light signal - is equal to what is collectively called " radial velocity". It distinguishes itself from it in its gnoseology.
Phys. Concept before 2007 The redshift indicates the phi-speed of a star. But do not give the immediate knowledge of its absolute speed.
n.
used to describe a person. i.e this is the qua am telling you about or he is a fantastic qua
exp.
home is the best place to be no matter where it is
n.
is the recreation of any entity after its death or destruction
video gaming
o.
Cyber Legacy Locker is the safe and secure way to pass encrypted access key of online accounts to authorized assignee.
[Leg.];[Tech.] passing access key of online account to friends or love ones
prep.
Digital estate Planning is the process having uniform rules of envisaging and arranging for the clearance of digital assets during a person physical life under virtual identity.
[Leg.];[Tech.] arranging for the clearance of digital assets
n.
SEO solution in such a way that the search engines will crawl your website and ranked it well on the top position. SEO is the process of improving the search and quality of visitors to your website for targeted keywords.
exp.
vous ne m'en voudrez pas si je vous demande pourquoi ?
do you mind my asking why you are so late? = vous ne m'en voudrez pas / puis-je vous demander pourquoi vous êtes si en retard ?
exp.
Used to express that it is impossible to decide between two options because they're equal
English expression
exp.
what's up
sms like writing, incorrect form in English
exp.
it's ready!
or "dinner's ready!"; "lunch is ready!"; "breakfast's ready!"
o.
could refer to a very weak cup of tea/pint of beer
n.
(in an auction, negotiation or other business competition) the situation in which the winning party has overrated the pursued object
[Bus.]
n.
a mess, a failure
[Slang];[UK] it comes from the cooking domain where the phrase described a dish that was not tasty enough and therefore thrown away to dogs
exp.
expression used to encourage someone to say what is on their mind, what is bothering them
exp.
expression used to encourage someone to share with you what's on his mind
exp.
means "that's just the way it is"
c'est comme ça, point barre
exp.
stop talking; refrain from saying something
informal
exp.
the duck's nuts, the best, the dog's bollocks
exp.
the best, the dog's bollocks , the bee's knees
exp.
be kept waiting
exp.
When sth sounds too good to be true and not as good as it seems to be and you suspect that there is a hidden problem
exp.
The duck's nuts, the best, the top.
exp.
to rattle someone's cage means to do something that is likely to annoy them or unsettle them
exp.
take credit for another person's accomplishment
exp.
kill someone; cause a big damage to someone
id.
expression referring to the belief that those who hold the power are entitled to anything
exp.
(about a positive event/situation) happen out of the blue, without any effort from the impacted persons
exp.
expression used to describe the practice of a company using internally the marketed products
[Bus.] expression originating from and widely used in software industry; the practice is also known as "dogfooding"

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