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Related to hang around: hung around
(some place) to loiter some place; to be in a place or in an area, doing nothing in particular. Why are you hanging around my office? It's comfortable here. I think I'll hang around here for a while.
hang around (with someone)and go around (with someone)
Fig. to spend a lot of time with someone; to waste away time with someone. John hangs around with Bill a lot. They've been going around with the Smiths.
1. to stay in a place I don't like to hang around here after dark. He had stupidly hung around - just to see what the cops were doing - and ended up being arrested!
2. to be with another person I hate hanging around with her in the mall. It's so boring!
3. to not go away The flu can hang around for almost a month.
Usage notes: usually said about a medical condition, as in the example
1. Spend time idly, loiter, as in Every afternoon they could be found hanging around the mall. [Mid-1800s] Also see hang out, def. 4.
2. Keep company or consort with someone, as in The younger campers loved to hang around the older ones. [Mid-1800s] Also see hang out, def. 5.
in. to loiter; to waste away time doing nothing. Don’t just hang around. Get busy with something.