blow one's nail / nails Old form(s): blowes, naile
twiddle one's thumbs, wait patiently
LLL V.ii.902[Hiems singing, of winter] And Dick the shepherd blows his nail
TS I.i.107[Gremio to Hortensio, of waiting for Bianca] Love is not so great ... but we may blow our nails together, and fast it fairly out
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