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    AT A LOOSE END

    I FEEL RATHER AT A LOOSE END
    Does it mean I'm bored because I have nothing to do, or something has happened and I don't know what to do? Is this expression common in the USA?

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    Re: AT A LOOSE END

    I am not a teacher, and I looked up the idiom on this website.

    It means the first one. It is not very common in the United States.

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    Re: AT A LOOSE END

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    I FEEL RATHER AT A LOOSE END
    Does it mean I'm bored because I have nothing to do, or something has happened and I don't know what to do? Is this expression common in the USA?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    I believe that the expression is "at loose ends."

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    Re: AT A LOOSE END

    "At a loose end" is quite common in BrE.

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    Re: AT A LOOSE END

    We have at a loose end as BrE and at loose ends at AmE; is this correct? Thanks

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    Re: AT A LOOSE END

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    We have at a loose end as BrE and at loose ends at AmE; is this correct? Thanks
    Cambridge Dictionary Online says that "at a loose end" is British and

    Australian, and "at loose ends" is American. Both mean "to have

    nothing to do."

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    EnglishClub.com feels there is a difference:

    "At loose ends" seems [my emphasis] to indicate a state of

    unhappy restlessness that results from having nothing to do.

    The British idiom simply means having nothing to do.

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    Re: AT A LOOSE END

    EnglishClub.com feels there is a difference:
    "At loose ends" seems to indicate a state of unhappy restlessness that results from having nothing to do".


    I feel the Aust/NZ use of "at a loose end" generally implies restlessness too.

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    Re: AT A LOOSE END

    On this one, Canada follows the American rather than the British usage -- at loose ends.

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