• Katarina Ristic

Phrase of the week: (die) Zeit totschlagen

Updated: Nov 7, 2020

(die) Zeit totschlagen

Phrase: to kill time


This idiomatic colloquialism literally means ‘to strike time dead’. It refers to the act of doing something to pass the time or to avoid boredom.

  • Da ich alle Folgen von ‚Türkisch für Anfänger’ gesehen habe, muss ich jetzt die Zeit mit Lernen totschlagen. = Because I watched all of the episodes of 'Türkisch für Anfänger’ [Turkish for Beginners, a German TV series], I now have to kill time by studying.

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