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an idle brain is the devil's workshop

proverb When one has nothing to do, one is more likely to get into trouble. When I'm off from school, my grandmother is always trying to get me out of the house, while reminding me that an idle brain is the devil's workshop.

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idle hands are the devil's workshop

proverb When one is unoccupied or has nothing to do, one is more likely to cause or get into trouble. Idle hands are the devil's workshop, so is it any surprise they started causing mischief after being left to their own devices for so long? We try to keep our kids busy with various jobs and activities during their summer break. Idle hands are the devil's workshop, after all.

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Santa's workshop

The workshop of Santa Claus, where Santa or his elves are said to make the toys that he delivers on Christmas. I'm sure the elves in Santa's workshop are making the toys you'll get for Christmas right now, honey.

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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

idle brain is the devil's workshop

Prov. People who have nothing worthwhile to think about will usually think of something bad to do. We need to figure out something constructive for Tom to do in the afternoons after school. An idle brain is the devil's workshop.

See also: brain, idle, workshop

McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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