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English definition of “be at a loose end”

be at a loose end

UK (US be at loose ends)
to have nothing to do: Come and visit us if you're at a loose end over the weekend .Useless and futile
(Definition of be at a loose end from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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