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  • not having a job
    • idle carpenters
    • jobless transients
    • many people in the area were out of work
  • not yielding a return
    • dead capital
    • idle funds
  • lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility
    • idle talk
    • a loose tongue
  • silly or trivial
    • idle pleasure
    • light banter
    • light idle chatter
  • not in active use
    • the machinery sat idle during the strike
    • idle hands
  • without a basis in reason or fact
    • baseless gossip
    • the allegations proved groundless
    • idle fears
    • unfounded suspicions
    • unwarranted jealousy
  • not in action or at work
    • an idle laborer
    • idle drifters
    • the idle rich
    • an idle mind
  • the state of an engine or other mechanism that is idling
    • the car engine was running at idle
  • be idle; exist in a changeless situation
    • The old man sat and stagnated on his porch
    • He slugged in bed all morning
  • run disconnected or idle
    • the engine is idling
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