Entry from British & World English dictionary
Definition of time-wasting in English:
1The action of wasting time.
- The CCN was also correct to state that corruption is not only the theft and mismanagement of public funds, but runs far deeper - whether in fact it is unauthorised telephone use or unproductive time-wasting at work.
- ‘I don't have the concerns that others have because I'm seeing what the police are seeing, which is that the tests are screening out a lot of time-wasting in the laboratory,’ he said.
- But it's also a miscarriage of justice when delays and time-wasting deny victims justice for months on end.
1.1The tactic of slowing down play towards the end of a match to prevent the opposition scoring.
- He was ludicrously cautioned in stoppage time for time-wasting.
- Dibble was booked - and then escaped any punishment for time-wasting when he picked up the ball to prevent City taking a quick corner and ran back towards his goal with it.
- When was the last time we heard a manager berate one of his own players on TV for feigning injury, diving, time-wasting or abusing the referee?
- Example sentences
- One third need to be seen, one third could wait until the morning and one third are time-wasters.
- Offers in excess of £500,000 please, no time-wasters.
- We do not want time-wasters to give the police the run around and if anyone knows what happened they should ring straight away.
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