2 verb
1 [intransitive]TT if an engine idles, it runs slowly while the vehicle, machine etc is not moving:
He flicked a switch and let the boat idle.
2 [intransitive] to spend time doing nothing:
Sometimes he went for a walk; sometimes he just idled.
3 [transitive] American English to stop using a factory or stop providing work for your workers, especially temporarily [= shut down]:
The company has indefinitely idled a number of its US plants.

idle something ↔ away

phrasal verb
to spend time in a relaxed way, doing nothing:
They idled their time away in the pub.

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