- v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of twiddle.
“Sounds pretty good to me - may I suggest just a couple of "twiddles"?”
“Caravaggio's Saint John the Baptist is depicted as a brooding young seductive half naked teen boy wrapped delicately in crimson clothe as he twiddles his walking stick in "Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness.”
“Printer issues: I have a HP Photosmart C4795 that all the sudden won't copy - when I try the scanner light doesn't even come on and the machine just twiddles its thumbs.”
“While our resources are being depleted and our schools, hospitals and social services are being overwhelmed, legal immigrants and citizens are being attacked, robbed and cheated, our environment destroyed, congress twiddles its thumbs.”
“A, he watches paint dry; B, he stares at the ceiling; or C, he twiddles his thumbs?”
“Indeed, apart from a few twiddles of the knobs - fiddling about with the NHS and schools, for example - you will get identical programmes.”
“Most of us, I suspect, picture a fellow in a white coat who squints into a microscope, twiddles a knob, and says, Eureka!”
“Hoffman will collect about £500,000 in salary and pension contributions while he twiddles his thumbs.”
“There are as few twiddles and curly-wigs as possible about the cover, and I have asked the publishers to leave out the weird initials and queer reminders of nightmares with which bilious and decadent illustrators deface books nowadays. —”
“Then she ignores the friend to carry on a conversation with an unseen third party while the friend twiddles his thumbs and waits.”
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