to be at a loose end
Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning the interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?
Campion was a mining engineer, whom the Sultan on his way to England had met in Singapore and finding him at a loose end had commissioned to go to Semibulu. (W. S. Maugham)
He seemed to be at a loose end and when his visit to his friends was drawing to a close she told him they would b very much pleased if he would com and spend a fortnight with them. (W. S. Maugham)
She’s at a loose end, you know, badly wants something to do. (J. Galsworthy)
“Oh, there you are,” he said as soon as Charles emerged. “You’ll be at a loose end for a bit this morning, I expect?” (J. Wain) (
to be at a loose end = to have no definite occupation
Re: to be at a loose end
It doesn't have to be an occupation (job), it simply means that you have nothing to do.
Originally Posted by vil
- Do you fancy going to the cinema?
- Yeah, why not? I'm at a bit of a loose end this evening.
- What are you doing tonight?
- Nothing. I'm at a loose end, to be honest.
- Excellent. Come to my house for dinner then.
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