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Wool-gathering

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Wool-gathering indulgence of idle fancies
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wull; Goth. wulla, Ger. wolle, L. villus.

Usage

In literature:

I must be wool gathering not to have thought of that myself.
"The Ranger Boys and the Border Smugglers" by Claude A. Labelle
Not given to living in the past, she wondered why her mind had gone wool-gathering.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
My wits are wool-gathering, I think.
"A Budget of Christmas Tales by Charles Dickens and Others" by Various
Truly, my wits were wool-gathering.
"Against Odds" by Lawrence L. Lynch
Our talk has set my wits wool-gathering.
"The Princess Virginia" by C. N. Williamson
The one thing England will not stand is a loafer, a wool-gatherer, a man who goes about musing and half-awake.
"The Passionate Friends" by Herbert George Wells
Indeed, like Henri and Jules, he had been more than half stunned, and his wits were still wool-gathering.
"With Joffre at Verdun" by F. S. Brereton
Something might be added about wool-gathering.
"The So-called Human Race" by Bert Leston Taylor
I fear my wits have gone wool-gathering.
"Room Number 3" by Anna Katharine Green
Good gracious, the lad's wool-gathering!
"With Rifle and Bayonet" by F.S. Brereton
A boy gathered up the wool as fast as it dropped from the sheep.
"Across the Continent by the Lincoln Highway" by Effie Price Gladding
Are your wits wool-gathering, that you've let me win every blessed game?
"The Gambler" by Katherine Cecil Thurston
It is called wool-gathering.
"The Ivory Gate, a new edition" by Walter Besant
I've been wool-gathering for over two hours.
"813" by Maurice Leblanc
I began to tell you about the fellow last week, but you were wool-gathering, so I stopped.
"Silver Pitchers: and Independence" by Louisa May Alcott
Wits have been wool gathering.
"'£19,000'" by Burford Delannoy
I fear my wits have gone wool-gathering.
"The Amethyst Box" by Anna Katherine Green
You're wool-gathering tonight, Jack.
"Only One Love, or Who Was the Heir" by Charles Garvice
She could hardly say a word of thanks for the pearls, for her wits had gone wool-gathering.
"Johnny Ludlow. First Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
My wits were wool-gathering.
"Mohawks, Volume 1 of 3" by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
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In poetry:

I'd sooner gather anything,
Like primroses, or news perhaps,
Or even wool (when suffering
A momentary mental lapse);
But could forego my share of moss,
Nor ever realize the loss.
"A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss" by Harry Graham
"When our strong grandsires vowed to wed,
Stout knots of wool, and corn,
Were gathered in, and hardly more
Of what will count not when we're dead!
Life brought them to a happy shore,
Who set their sails at dawn.
"The Dreaming Wheel" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop

In news:

THIS SATURDAY WILL BE THE ANNUAL SHEEP AND WOOL GATHERING.
The 3rd Annual Sheep and Wool Gathering, Paint Mine Picnic Area in Thacher Park is this Saturday, June 13 from 10-4.
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