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linger around

To wait or loaf idly or expectantly (in some place or location). We all lingered around to hear the test results after class. I lingered around New York for a few weeks after I finished college hoping to find a job, but I knew deep down I would eventually move back to Michigan. I want you to get a job—I don't want you lingering around the house for the whole summer.
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linger on

1. To remain persistently or for a longer time than anticipated. I just wanted to go home after the seminar finished, but a number of attendees were still lingering on in the lobby. Despite her assurances, I still had a few concerns lingering on.
2. To remain focused on or preoccupied by something for longer than is necessary or advantageous. Time will be extremely tight in this exam, so don't linger on any questions to which you don't know the answer right away. I don't want to linger on this topic any longer than we have already, so I'll keep my response brief.
3. To remain alive after someone else passes away. After my father died, my mother lingered on for a couple of months before passing away as well. I just don't think she could bear being without him. My great-uncle Charlie lived for nearly 20 years after his brothers and sisters died, lingering on to the ripe-old age of 107.
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linger on after (someone)

To remain alive after someone else passes away. After my father died, my mother lingered on after him for a couple of months before passing away as well. I just don't think she could bear being without him. My great-uncle Charlie lingered on after his brothers and sisters for nearly 20 years, dying at the ripe-old age of 107.
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linger over (something)

1. To delay in doing or accomplishing something. Time will be extremely tight in this exam, so don't linger over any questions you can't figure out. Don't linger over your decision too long, or they might withdraw their generous offer.
2. To spend a lavish or excessive amount of time doing or enjoying something. I love watching her linger over each cigarette as if it were the last one she'll ever have. With how frantic life is these days, I think it's important to linger over things we enjoy, such as good food or drinks.
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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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Choosing the sonnet "The Grave of Keats," he lingeringly read:
However, anchored by solid performances from its two leads and even better ones by Francoise Fabian and Michael Lonsdale as Marion's parents, themselves locked together in a volatile love-hate marriage, it remains a lingeringly resonant experience.
There are enough of these fine stories to make this volume well worth obtaining--not to be read all at once, but slowly and lingeringly, one or two stories at a time.
When asked who was responsible for the Vietnam War, McNamara unhesitatingly says "the President" but softens this pronouncement by kissing Johnson's ass with his very next breath, lingeringly enough that even LBJ would have been mortified by it.
And of course an effective brake to dwell on that thought too lingeringly clamped down almost at once: Look who's talking.
Lingeringly, they unfold their arms and gently they straighten their backs until they come to a seated, upright posture.
Associate Supreme Court Justice X had brought with him a huge black ring-binder full of bad reviews, each review carefully preserved under plastic, and it had about it the aspect of being frequently and lingeringly perused, this binder did.
Nor does it serve us to make her an object of "ghoulish fascination," as Christopher Benfey does in The New Republic, quoting more lingeringly from the lists of drugs she ingested on her sickest days than from the poems she wrote in the same period--as though the really important question we needed to answer regarding Millay was, in Benfey's words, "what went so hideously wrong for the golden girl .
Here, in the open, is where she does her reading--"Shakespeare, Byron, and Shelley, and Wordsworth--dwelling lingeringly and lovingly upon every line in which that good old man spoke of her native land.
However, "these patient pioneer women knew that the men burned their ships and took no backward look--it is always the woman who looks lingeringly to what she is leaving, who watches for the last sight of her sinking ship with a sinking heart" (181).
Fanciful and lingeringly self-luxuriating as this speech is, it fits Richard perfectly.
W HEN Jeff Goldblum used his fingers lingeringly to track the path of a water droplet across the back of Laura Dern's hand in the film Jurassic Park, his excuse was that he was demonstrating a mathematical principle.
Many stars of earlier periods (John Wayne perhaps most obviously) have presented emphatically and heftily masculine figures but with few exceptions (Kirk Douglas in Spartacus) the detail and definition of their physique has not been dwelt upon so lingeringly.
But from the time the aeroplane door opened, with that beloved blast of baking hot air, to the time I lingeringly reboarded five days later thoughts of either angry demonstrations or man-eating creatures could not have been further from my mind.