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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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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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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.
At 91, and having smoked like a chimney since her teens, Brown still managed to flutter around the rest of her team like Isadora Duncan with a Capstan Full Strength hanging out of her gob.
Collection of Colors' depicts a girl's dress in the foreground, as birds flutter around it.
Also known as the butterfly bush, there's no doubt that its nectar is irresistible to moths and butterflies - what nicer sight on a hot summer's day than watching them flutter around your garden?
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.
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.
Beneath the doomed arguments, this tangle of metal, with enigmatic film clips flickering in eccentric housings, scratched fresco reliefs, a cube shaped globe, and other curiosities, tracks desires seeking fulfillment, desires as inchoate as the calls of birds, which often appear in the hundreds of archaically stained drawings and watercolors that flutter around this installation in its conception.
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.