at loose ends
Meaning: If you're at loose ends, you feel restless and unsettled because you don't have anything to do.
- Hank's been at loose ends since he lost his job, so I hope he finds another one soon.
- We tried limiting the time Jimmy could play computer games, but he gets restless and moody whenever he's at loose ends, so we let him play.
Variety: This idiom is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.
Louise is at loose ends because she
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Contributor: Matt Errey