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flutter about

 and flutter around 
1. Lit. to fly about with quick, flapping motions of the wings. The moths fluttered about aimlessly. A few birds fluttered around.
2. Fig. [for someone] to move about quickly and busily. Aunt Margaret fluttered about, picking up after everyone. Stop fluttering around and sit down!
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flutter about something

 and flutter around something 
1. Lit. to fly around something or some place. The moths were fluttering about the lightbulb. The butterflies fluttered around the bright flowers.
2. Fig. to keep moving busily within a particular place. The maid fluttered about the house, dusting and arranging. She fluttered around the house from room to room.
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References in classic literature ?
The hive has remained stationary, and they who flutter around the venerable straw are wont to claim the empty distinction of antiquity, regardless alike of the frailty of their tenement and of the enjoyments of the numerous and vigorous swarms that are culling the fresher sweets of a virgin world.
Having grown up seeing pigeons flutter around in his courtyard, Naqsh has made sure his work heavily includes the significance of birds.
While his Guardians Of The Galaxy co-stars are content to simply stroll into the room and sit down as assistants flutter around bringing glasses of water, Vin is preceded by his own theme tune, throwing some impressive shapes to Redbone's Come and Get Your Love.
Blue tits, great tits and greenfinches will all visit a bird feeder attached to a window, while peacock and tortoiseshell butterflies will flutter around flowers in a window box.
As an array of assistants flutter around, she sits on a high stool having her make-up done while I have been designated a low chair in line with her kneecaps.
Intermittent flashbacks flutter around like leaves in autumn and the action is fragmented between New York and San Francisco, but Allen is clearly relishing the United States again after so many European adventures.
Her state of health is the reason that her offspring - Davis, the former wife of a very minor European aristocrat, and Rush as a fading, once-great theatre thespian - flutter around her bedside.
He may insist he is the guy next door but the minor flutter around as he walks in reveals telltale signs of budding stardom.
Today, they will flutter around the most famous stadium in football.
A flurry of tits flutter around the bird feeder hanging off a nearby tree, while the green valley stretches ahead of you into the distance.
Inside the jar is a faux butterfly - simply tap the lid and it'll come to life and flutter around inside.
I would say I'm a butterfly because I love to flutter around and meet lots of people and develop interesting relationships.
Pigeons flutter around the ground man watering rose plants in the park.
London, Dec 31 (ANI): Japanese scientists have unveiled a "hummingbird robot" that can flutter around freely in mid-air with rapid wing movements.
Will someone please design a feather duster that can flutter around on its own, cleaning every surface, nook, and cranny, including the ones I usually miss?