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Wile away Time (not While)

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It is the same word as “guile,” to “beguile the time” (fallʹere tempus).

“To wile each moment with a fresh delight.”


Lowell: Legend of Brittany, part i. stanza 6.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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