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 Idle Wheel.I’dleness. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
I’dle Worms.
 
It was once supposed that little worms were bred in the fingers of idle servants. To this Shakespeare alludes—   1
       
“A round little worm
       
Pricked from the lazy finger of a maid.”
       
Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, i. 4.
 


 Idle Wheel.I’dleness. 

 
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