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Offline bookworm

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to spend less time doing something
« on: December 09, 2019, 06:05:23 pm »
Let's say you really enjoy doing an activity or a hobby, so you spend many hours doing it (almost every day). Eventually you spend less time on it, or you do something else.

John enjoys fishing and has the most modern fishing equipment. He used to spend a great deal of time on it (almost every day, esp. on weekends) when he was in high school and college although he had a part-time job then. Now that he has a full-time job, he does fishing only once in a while.

Jane loves cooking and baking. After her marriage, she became a full-time mom and would only bake once a month. After giving birth to her second child, she stopped baking and cooking altogether. When these two kids grow up, she will cook and bake more frequently again.

In my native language, we use a verb (very informal or slang) that sounds like lie low, but I don't think this phrase will work in this context:

   John has lied low on his hobby since he is working full time now.​
   Jane has lied low on cooking and baking since she has two kids.​
English is my second language.

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Re: to spend less time doing something
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2019, 01:52:34 pm »
We could say "he/she has put it on a back-burner".
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Duncan