English version

be at a loose end

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbe at a loose endbe at a loose end (also be at loose ends American English)NOT DO something to have nothing to do I was at a loose end so I decided to go see an old movie. loose
Examples from the Corpus
be at a loose endAfter her husband died, Mildred found herself suddenly at loose ends.I felt rather at a loose end at the end of the term so I decided to take a trip to London.Bert, Alice was pleased to see, missed Jasper, tended to be at a loose end.He was at a loose end.Rhoda had died a year or two ago, and we had heard that Ralph was at loose ends.One's best friend's cousin's daughter might well be at a loose end after leaving art college.So, through no fault of my own, I was at a loose end quite a bit.They'd be at a loose end when it was over, which would be the time to approach them.
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