Somehow I get the idea that you will find it harder to be idle than working.
After embarrassed apologies, she seemed compelled to sit down and chat, as if idle conversation might be penance for the pilfered peach pie.
I read a passage in a novel last evening as I sat by the fire, trying to wile away these idle hours.
It was simply idle conversation about everything from the weather to politics.
I've been idle too long.
He dismissed them as the idle talk of jealous nobles at court, who'd wanted him to marry one of their daughters instead.
I was only making idle conversation anyway.
It gave him some level of confidence that her warning was one born of necessity, not idle speculation.
She realized he wasn't telling her a story just for idle talk.
Various idle stories are related about him.
That is an idle dream.
But, though his pen was now idle, his tongue was active.
Idle computer time employed to solve the world's problems.
I hope that, after reading this far, you appreciate that for our age, this is no idle boast.
If I happen to be all alone and in an idle mood, I play a game of solitaire, of which I am very fond.
But I must not waste my time wishing idle wishes; and after all my ancient friends are very wise and interesting, and I usually enjoy their society very much indeed.
His bright eyes found out the jars of treasure among the trees, and as the idle fairies left them there until noon, at which time Mr. Sun is the strongest, the delicate glass began to melt and break, and before long every jar and vase was cracked or broken, and the precious treasures they contained were melting, too, and dripping slowly in streams of gold and crimson over the trees and bushes of the forest.
But a man has no more to do with the style of architecture of his house than a tortoise with that of its shell: nor need the soldier be so idle as to try to paint the precise color of his virtue on his standard.
There are those who have used all their arts to persuade me to undertake the support of some poor family in the town; and if I had nothing to do--for the devil finds employment for the idle--I might try my hand at some such pastime as that.
This was manly, as the world goes; and yet it was idle, if not desperate.
Natasha had no desire to go out anywhere and wandered from room to room like a shadow, idle and listless.
Pierre still went into society, drank as much and led the same idle and dissipated life, because besides the hours he spent at the Rostovs' there were other hours he had to spend somehow, and the habits and acquaintances he had made in Moscow formed a current that bore him along irresistibly.
As it is now, war is the favorite pastime of the idle and frivolous.