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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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