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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.
See also: linger, on

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.
See also: linger, on

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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References in classic literature ?
The two elder of the brothers were plainly not intending to linger more than a moment, but the spectacle of a bevy of girls dancing without male partners seemed to amuse the third, and make him in no hurry to move on.
I am always in two minds then, to linger that we may have more of it, and to snatch him away before he volunteers the information, "He is not really my father.
And when the shooting and bombing is done, no audience lingers to watch victims and their families grapple with their shattered lives.
Their tangles up truth itself, and resolving it may come at a steep price--for the life of the child born of their love/hate relationship lingers in the balance.
Others describe it as a tightly focused, mineral aroma with an earthy, almost musky sweetness that lingers without burning.
In other experiments, Epel and Luckenbach found that pump inhibition lingers after exposure to at least some of the chemicals.
Jerry Toher, managing director of Egg, said, ``Our research clearly shows that the turkey is not the only leftover from Christmas Day, but a hefty chunk of Christmas expenditure lingers, gathering interest.
Although today, the village is a mix, the history lingers.
He is atmospheric enough in this primarily single-voiced version and lingers appropriately where the poetic language demands.
Often, certain colors (especially green) or a "ghosted" image of the tattoo lingers forever.
In these dark woods where fog hangs in leafless trees I hear a whisper in the warm air of midnight while deer stare by the narrow path, yet I go on pacing the woods I loved as a child while the dark world persists, the fog lingers on.
The trailer used in the television promotion for the film lingers on a dance-hall scene in which Denzel Washington as Malcolm and others are dancing animatedly.
The Knife & Fork Merlot displays fresh raspberry, blueberry and plum flavors complemented by soft spicy oak, offering a generosity of flavor that lingers on the palate matching perfectly with risotto or ravioli.
Brokeback Mountain'' stays in your thoughts and tugs at your heart and lingers in your mind for long after the final credits role, just like a loved one does when they die.
Today, 70 years after the death of the last specimen, people's fascination with the Tasmanian tiger lingers.