French translation of idly
- (doing nothing)
to sit idly
rester assis à ne rien faire,
rester les bras croisésto stand idly by
rester les bras croisés
⇒ He said that he would not stand idly by while the dangers increased.
Il a déclaré qu'il ne resterait pas les bras croisés alors que le péril s'accroît.
- (with no particular purpose)
to glance idly at sth
jeter un coup d'œil machinal sur qchto talk idly about sth
parler de qch pour passer le temps
⇒ We talked idly about magazines and baseball.
On a parlé de baseball et de magazines pour passer le temps.
Example Sentences Including 'idly'
The watchman politely shifted himself sideways on his chair and idly checked the room.Man's Loving Family
Perhaps it was a mistake to return here, Wesley mused idly.BEHINDLINGS (2002)
Send not to know for whom the bell tolls, she thought idly.Death and Transfiguration
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Translation of idly from the Collins English to French Dictionary
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