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twi duhl

  • n  a series of small (usually idle) twists or turns
  • v  turn in a twisting or spinning motion
  • v  manipulate, as in a nervous or unconscious manner
    He twiddled his thumbs while waiting for the interview

  • Designers have created hundreds of games for this mini video game player, which gave kids across America a digital way to twiddle their thumbs.
  • Eel-hipped runagade, no man could hold him; he writhed through seas of grasping moleskin-flints with a twiddle of his buttocks and a flirt of his shinbone.
  • The musicians who toot and twiddle in Chicago's theatres are now paid salaries which range from $57.

  • David Cameron in ic Wales
    I believe that there is no point in travelling around the country unless you get to meet some real people,said Mr Cameron. "Otherwise you might just as well stay in the bunker in Downing Street and twiddle your thumbs." "If people...
  • Mario Theissen in
    Based on the performance and points yield of the Budapest weekend, you'd say we could not regain second place,Theissen added. "But naturally we will not twiddle our thumbs, as we still have developments in the pipeline - aerodynamic as...
  • Steny Hoyer in Roll Call (subscription)
    Hoyer said that in the meantime, he was not going to "make work. I'm not going to have people stand here and just twiddle their thumbs."

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