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Meaning of “twiddle your thumbs” in the English Dictionary

"twiddle your thumbs" in British English

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twiddle your thumbs

to do nothing for a ​period of ​time, usually while you are ​waiting for something to ​happen: I ​arrived early for the ​meeting so I was ​twiddling my ​thumbs for ​half an ​hour.
(Definition of twiddle your thumbs from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"twiddle your thumbs" in American English

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twiddle your thumbs

to do nothing, usually while you are ​waiting for something to ​happen: She put me on ​hold and ​left me to twiddle my ​thumbs for ten ​minutes until she got back to me.
(Definition of twiddle your thumbs from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “twiddle your thumbs”
in Chinese (Simplified) (等待之际)闲着无聊…
in Chinese (Traditional) (等待之際)閒著無聊…
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