wool-gathering love

Definitions

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  • n. Alternative spelling of woolgathering.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • “Come, Doctor, I beg your pardon, but your wits are fairly gone a wool-gathering; it was I invited you to dinner, up at the inn yonder, and not you me.”

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • Skipping thus lightly over a matter of such consequence, the thoughts of the hare-brained boy went a wool-gathering after more agreeable topics.

    The Abbot

  • Tibullus, stulti praetereunt dies, their wits are a wool-gathering.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Manichaeos, his wits were a wool-gathering, as they say, and his head busied about other matters, when he perceived his error, he was much [1994] abashed.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • For a minute, perhaps, my mind was wool-gathering.

    The Time Machine, by H. G. Wells

  • I cried incredulously, for my wits were still wool-gathering.

    Greenmantle

  • You realize, of course, I'm engaging in a bit of wool-gathering sport.

    Dylanology.

  • Were you to shepherd too long your wits would certainly go wool-gathering, even if you were not tempted to bleat.

    A First Year in Canterbury Settlement

  • Mr Robarts had come round to the generally accepted idea that Mr Crawley had obtained possession of the cheque illegally — acquitting his friend in his own mind of theft, simply by supposing that he was wool-gathering when the cheque came in his way.

    The Last Chronicle of Barset

  • Gerasimovitch, turning to Nekhludoff, “and your thoughts must have been wool-gathering to let the thing pass.”

    Resurrection

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