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  • n. A meaningless or fruitless activity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the devotion of time to a useless activity


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  • It seemed a waste of time to say, “In what?” so Peregrine merely said “Thank you” and Mawson said “Thank you” and withdrew.

    Killer Dolphin

  • “Well, if Martha had ever read The Midnight Bell, The Mysterious Warning, or The Murderous Monk, she might not be so quick to dismiss all books as a waste of time and paper!”

    One Night Of Scandal

  • He had hoped to find access to the hinder side of the barrier, but he found that, instead of beginning where it was first visible, the portion along the road was merely a continuation of a similar structure that came down the hillside; and Thrykar considered it a waste of time to circumambulate the enclosure on the chance of finding an opening.

    Natives of Space

  • Even though he didn't want to leave home, even though having been so close to death he felt like apprenticing and suchlike was a waste of time -- what did it matter what his trade was, would there be smiths in heaven?

    He Don't Know Him

  • Ruppelt decided that it would be a waste of time to pursue the matter any further, based on what Dixon had said.

    Space Ships of the Visitors

  • We had, by stratagem, learned the alphabet while in slavery, but not the writing cha - racters; and, as we had been such a time learning so little, we at first felt that it was a waste of time for any one at our ages to undertake to learn to read and write.

    Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom

  • Without much waste of time he flourished a copy of a receipted account, but shook his head.

    Come To Grief

  • Dunross knew it was a waste of time but he would go to the assayist anyway.

    Noble House

  • It was pretty much understood that Aunt Belinda was an embarrassment to our family and she was so mentally confused, it would be a waste of time to speak to her.

    Music in The Night


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