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Twiddle one’s thumbs


Impatiently waiting. Thumb twiddling is a distractive and useless activity that portrays boredom. The phrase is typically used to portray an inconvenient waiting on an outcome.

“And while you’re in the store, what am I to do just sit here and twiddle my thumbs?”

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