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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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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.
It's rich, with flavours of peach, honey and quince, but crispy acidic and then lingeringly mineral.
The old dictum of the music of your youth being the most formative and hence the most lingeringly important meant these slabs of plastic and magnetic ribbon had a significance far beyond their physical form, and were as hard to put away as old love letters.
In the course of the sixteenth century the medieval church came to an end, more lingeringly than historians used to allow for, a frustration at times to Protestant and post-Tridentine reformers still cleaning up fifteenth-century practices and devotions in the later sixteenth and even early seventeenth centuries.
Fele Martinez stars in Pedro Almodavar's Bad Education; A heavily oiled and lingeringly photographed Brad Pitt is the main attraction in; Troy; Lady Di (Rodrigo Santoro) No Way (Gero Camilo) in Carandiru
Smooth September fruit, with lingeringly delineated chromatic shadows and contours, spills out of the rough-textlured shine of a wicker basket in honour of the flowers of March, riotous in their vase.
With an emphasis on ephemera like Scotch tape, insects, and ground spices, Neuenschwander stages quietly physical and lingeringly strange encounters.
As he put it, "Irony, stoicism, and bitterness are deeply but hot lingeringly expressed.
There are lingeringly lascivious shots of the young girl's legs as she snuggles against her adult lover
As Teresa and Alicia walk along the Yucatan beach, "[o]ne picked up a dead branch and lingeringly drew something in the sand.
Eating at the Mango House is an experience to be savoured lingeringly - don't couple it with other entertainment, there is really no need.
It's quite firm and chewy, lingeringly spicy and an excellent addition to Majestic's line-up of wines from the south of France.
A dry white with gorgeously peachy, melony fruit, with a lingeringly spicy aftertaste, and a creamy buttery oaky overlay.
Another standout is Joel Lane's The Country of Glass, which offers a sinuously poetic take on a man's love affair with the bottle -teetering towards magical realism, it's a fine web of lingeringly beautiful prose.