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something that amuses and serves to make time pass agreeably
1776, Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations: Hunting and fishing, the most important employments of mankind in the rude state of society, become in its advanced state their most agreeable amusements, and they pursue for pleasure what they once followed from necessity. In the advanced state of society, therefore, they are all very poor people who follow as a trade what other people pursue as a pastime.
by ikrzfi February 19, 2010
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something that serves to make time pass agreeably; a pleasant means of amusement, recreation, or sport
Strutt (Sports and Pastimes) suggests that the first player's bowl may have been regarded by the second player as a species of jack; but in that case it is not clear what was the first player's target.
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