One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Indulgence in aimless thought or dreamy imagining; absentmindedness.‘he wanted to be free to indulge his woolgathering’
daydreaming, dreaming, building castles in the air, building castles in spain, reverie, musing, abstraction, preoccupation, brown study, distraction, inattentionView synonyms
- ‘‘After her first success Alexandra went wool-gathering for some time and stopped working hard in the gym,’ she said.’
- ‘Buddhism may be diluted by sloppy New Age enthusiasms, and most non-Buddhist artists may revel in the narcissism, intellectual wool-gathering, conflict, and violence that the religion abhors.’
- ‘Carr talks loneliness, life, joy and personal politics, deliberately avoiding wool-gathering or the delivery of harsh homilies.’
- ‘Is the 19 March memo just a bit of wool-gathering by the WTO Secretariat?’
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