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linger around

to wait around; to be idle some place. Don't linger around. Get going! All the students were lingering around, waiting until the last minute to go into the building.
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linger on

to remain for a long time; to exist longer than would have been thought. This cold of mine just keeps lingering on. Some of the guests lingered on for a long time after the party was over.
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linger on (after someone or something)

 and stay on (after someone or something)
to outlast someone or something; to live longer than someone else or long after an event. Aunt Sarah lingered on only a few months after Uncle Herman died. She lingered on and was depressed for a while.
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linger on something

to delay moving on to the next thing; to remain at something and not move on. Don't linger on that one problem so long. I don't want to waste a lot of time lingering on this question.
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linger over something

1. to take too much time or idle over something, such as a meal, a cup of coffee, etc. I could linger over coffee all morning, given the chance. Don't linger over your soup. It will get cold.
2. to dawdle over the doing of something. You shouldn't linger over eating your dinner. It would he best not to linger over making up your mind.
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Checking in on the security's sentiment backdrop, we find that there is still some lingering pessimism that could help drive WMB even higher.
The source added: "They proceeded to administer a very long and lingering hello kiss.
Manager Mike Scioscia said he doesn't expect any lingering hard feelings resulting from Sunday's incident with the Dodgers in which Angels pitcher Dennis Cook hit Dodgers right fielder Shawn Green with a pitch.
After the 1996 report, the team wondered whether lingering fetal cells in the mother's bloodstream might, in some cases, incite her immune cells to attack her own tissue.
This combination of lingering optimism with the stock's lackluster technical performance has earned it an Equity Scorecard ranking of 3.
The Lost In Translation star had a "long and lingering kiss" with trendy designer Tara Subkoff - the talent behind the Imitation Of Christ label - at the Maritime Hotel's Hiro bar.
I think there's a lot that's still lingering from last year.
It took a long time to show its face, but the El Nino warming that finally arrived last year and upset world weather has turned into a lingering guest, remaining in place far longer than expected, meteorologists with the National Weather Service reported last week.
This combination of weak technicals and lingering optimism has earned ALA a Schaeffer's Equity Scorecard ranking of 3.
The Kings could resume their season next Tuesday without coach Andy Murray, who was readmitted to a Minnesota hospital Friday night with lingering symptoms of post-concussion syndrome.
Persistence of nicotine in the body of a smoker may cuse lingering effects during nonsmoking times like sleep, according to Neil Benowitz, an associate professor of medicine at the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF).
With a long-term uptrend still in place, and some lingering pessimism left to squeeze out of Wall Street, WEN has earned a Schaeffer's Equity Scorecard rating of 8.
That lingering shot of the dog poop, however, remains.
They conclude, however, that lingering grief is "not uncommon" and should be checked for by clinicians when they evaluate new patients.
Wall Street is showing some lingering signs of pessimism, with seven of the 18 analysts following XOM rating it a "hold.