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Thursday, September 29, 2011

woolgathering

\WOOL-gath-(uh)-ring\ , adjective;
1.
Indulgence in idle daydreaming.
Quotes:
Similarly, in the meadow, if you laze too late into the fall, woolgathering, snow could fill your mouth.
-- Edward Hoagland, "Earth's eye", Sierra, May 1999
It would be easy to slip off into woolgathering and miss a deadline.
-- Jeraldine Saunders, Washington Post, March 4, 2004
Plagued by guilt, they took refuge in wine, women, and woolgathering.
-- Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust
The soprano roused Fergus from his woolgathering.
-- Sandra Brown, Where There's Smoke
Origin:
Woolgathering derives from the literal sense, "gathering fragments of wool."
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