at+loose+ends

  • 1 at loose ends — {adj. phr.} Without a regular job or settled habits; uncertain what to do next; having nothing to do for a while; undecided; unsettled; restless. * /Feeling at loose ends, I went for a long walk./ * /He had finished college but hadn t found a job …

    Dictionary of American idioms

  • 2 at loose ends — {adj. phr.} Without a regular job or settled habits; uncertain what to do next; having nothing to do for a while; undecided; unsettled; restless. * /Feeling at loose ends, I went for a long walk./ * /He had finished college but hadn t found a job …

    Dictionary of American idioms

  • 3 At loose ends — Loose Loose (l[=oo]s), a. [Compar. {Looser} (l[=oo]s [ e]r); superl. {Loosest}.] [OE. loos, lous, laus, Icel. lauss; akin to OD. loos, D. los, AS. le[ a]s false, deceitful, G. los, loose, Dan. & Sw. l[ o]s, Goth. laus, and E. lose. [root]127. See …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 at loose ends — (USA) If you are at a loose end, you have spare time but don t know what to do with it …

    The small dictionary of idiomes

  • 5 at loose ends — phrasal or at a loose end 1. : lacking a settled occupation or regular employment : uncertain of one s future course of action feeling himself at loose ends no job, no immediate prospects Dixon Wecter at a loose end for a time, he had been… …

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  • 6 at\ loose\ ends — adj. phr. Without a regular job or settled habits; uncertain what to do next; having nothing to do for a while; undecided; unsettled; restless. Feeling at loose ends, I went for a long walk. He had finished college but hadn t found a job yet, so… …

    Словарь американских идиом

  • 7 at loose ends — mod. nervous and anxious; bored with nothing to do. □ Tom usually works puzzles whenever he’s at loose ends. □ I’m at loose ends on weekends …

    Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • 8 at loose ends — not knowing what to do esp. because of some upsetting change. He was at loose ends when their long term relationship broke up. Etymology: based on the idea of a string or rope with ends that are not neatly tied together …

    New idioms dictionary

  • 9 at loose ends — ever since the factory closed, Don has been at loose ends Syn: with nothing to do, unoccupied, unemployed, at leisure, idle, adrift, with time to kill; bored, twiddling one s thumbs, hanging/kicking around …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 10 at loose ends — adjective in an uncertain position or situation I am really at loose ends about this choice, I am between the proverbial rock and hard place …

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  • 11 at loose ends — disorganized, unable to concentrate    I was at loose ends when the kids were fighting. I couldn t think …

    English idioms

  • 12 at loose ends — (USA)    If you are at a loose end, you have spare time but don t know what to do with it.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …

    English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • 13 At loose ends —   (USA)   If you are at a loose end, you have spare time but don t know what to do with it …

    Dictionary of English idioms

  • 14 at loose ends — idi in an uncertain or unsettled situation or position; without an occupation or plans …

    From formal English to slang

  • 15 be at a loose end (or N. Amer. at loose ends) — have nothing specific to do. → loose end …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 16 be at loose ends — ► be at a loose end (or N. Amer. at loose ends) have nothing specific to do. Main Entry: ↑loose end …

    English terms dictionary

  • 17 be at loose ends — have nothing specific to do he dropped out of school and found himself alone and at loose ends …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 18 loose ends — loose ends, bits of unfinished business: »She added that the loose ends left were disturbing and she thought the whole inquiry procedure unsatisfactory (London Times). ● ↑at loose ends …

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  • 19 loose ends — n. 〚from the ends of a spliced rope〛 final, relatively minor matters still to be taken care of at loose ends 〚orig., naut., with reference to rope〛 1. in an unsettled, disorganized, or confused condition 2. without anything definite to do 3.… …

    Universalium

  • 20 loose ends — n. [from the ends of a spliced rope] final, relatively minor matters still to be taken care of at loose ends [orig., naut., with reference to rope] 1. in an unsettled, disorganized, or confused condition 2. without anything definite to do 3.… …

    English World dictionary