lie idle
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lie idle
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to be lazy)
a. estar ocioso
It isn't good for your kids to lie idle. You should make them get jobs.No es bueno que tus hijos estén ociosos. Deberías obligarles a conseguir trabajo.
2. (to remain unused)
a. permanecer inactivo
The motorcycle has been lying idle in my garage since I bought it.La moto ha permanecido inactiva en mi garaje desde que la compré.
b. permanecer sin cultivar (agriculture)
While we argue over who owns the field, good land is lying idle.Mientras discutimos quién es el dueño del prado, buena tierra permanece sin cultivar.
3. (finance)
a. dormir
She has the money to finance the project, but she prefers to let it lie idle.Tiene el dinero para financiar el proyecto, pero prefiere dejarlo dormir.
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