wool gathering

woolgathering

[wool-gath-er-ing]
noun
1.
indulgence in idle fancies and in daydreaming; absentmindedness: His woolgathering was a handicap in school.
2.
gathering of the tufts of wool shed by sheep and caught on bushes.

Origin:
1545–55; wool + gathering

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woolgather

[wool-gath-er]
verb (used without object)
to engage in woolgathering.

Origin:
1840–50; by back formation from woolgathering

woolgatherer, noun
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woolgathering (ˈwʊlˌɡæðərɪŋ)
 
n
idle or absent-minded indulgence in fantasy; daydreaming
 
'woolgatherer
 
n

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woolgathering
1553, "indulging in wandering fancies and purposeless thinking," from the lit. meaning "gathering fragments of wool torn from sheep by bushes, etc."
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