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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Wednesday 21st February 2024
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footle (verb) FOO-tul

Potter, waste time.

This friend had little hope for Peter. Of course, he would just footle; he always had.

Rose Macaulay, The Lee Shore. Amazon

He would sleep until noon, then read in bed, have a late lunch, then footle around the house before getting to his desk at about 4pm.

Robert McCrum, The Observer, 5 November 2006. The Observer

Tony Blair, showing his usual contempt for history, had gravely offended the Russian's pride by refusing to attend the ceremony, preferring to footle about in Downing Street with his reshuffle of junior nobodies, and sending his buffoon of a deputy to Moscow in his place.

Tom Utley, Telegraph, 13 May 2005. Telegraph

Now we need to be clear-cut with the Americans on this - if we fiddle and footle about with this, we'll create far more offence with them than if we're clear-cut with them right now.

Kim Beazley, ABC News, 18 November 2005. ABC News

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