at leisure

Idioms & Phrases

at leisure

  1. Slowly, without haste, as in the famous 16th-century proverb, Marry in haste and repent at leisure.

  2. Unemployed, having free time, as in I'm not looking for another job right now; I want to be at leisure for at least a few months. This usage has become less common but is still heard. [1300s] Also see at one's leisure.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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