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do-nothing

[doo-nuhth-ing] /ˈduˌnʌθ ɪŋ/
noun
1.
a person who chooses to do nothing; a lazy or worthless person.
adjective
2.
characterized by inability or unwillingness to initiate action, work toward a goal, assume responsibility, or the like:
a do-nothing government.
Origin of do-nothing
1570-1580
1570-80
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  • Has any one a suggestion to make as to the first adventure of the do-nothing Club?

  • The do-nothing school has almost enough truth on its side to be right.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • He, once a friend of McClellan, was not deterred thereby from condemning that do-nothing strategy, so ruinous and so dishonorable.

  • A do-nothing life is a mistake, and only fit for a pet dog, and him it kills.

    Devon Boys George Manville Fenn
  • This was a do-nothing policy, difficult to reconcile with the enthusiastic liberalism which Young America was supposed to cherish.

    Stephen A. Douglas Allen Johnson

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