Except the Republicans, that is, who have wiled away the legacy of their one-time standard-bearer.
It was a new and darling enterprise with him, and his mind and speech could not long be wiled away from the subject.
The great Bunce was not to be wiled away, and was upheld in his orthodoxy by two adherents.
It was hot even there, but we wiled away an hour or so of rest in most satisfactory fashion.
A stroll round the grounds, and a visit to the stud farm afterwards, wiled away the time until the dressing gong sounded.
We were snug enough in our well-lit coach, where before and after dinner the hours were wiled away with games of cards.
I am but a very child, to be watched over and amused, to be wiled away from danger with a sweetmeat or a toy!
Margaret, a king's daughter, is wiled away by a splendid description of Stolz Syburg's opulence.
No very pleasant people on board; so I read, took notes, and wiled away the long days as I best could.
It was a pleasant day dream that wiled away the tedium of the ride home.
mid-12c., wil "wile, trick," perhaps from Old North French *wile (Old French guile), or directly from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse vel "trick, craft, fraud," vela "defraud"). Perhaps ultimately related to Old English wicca "wizard" (see Wicca). Lighter sense of "amorous or playful trick" is from c.1600. Wily is attested from c.1300.