mooch around (somewhere)

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mooch around (somewhere)

To waste time or loiter (somewhere); to spend time (somewhere) idly or listlessly. Primarily heard in UK. I got off work a little early, so I'm just going to mooch around in the city centre for a bit before I head home. John's taken to mooching around his flat all day long ever since he lost his job.
See also: around, mooch
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Albert the cobby black pony steadily mooched around while Lola was put through her paces.
A theatre company entertained the shoppers as they mooched around stalls, which offered everything from sequins, beads, lace, homewares, kitchenalia and old world furnishings to sweets, cakes and crockery.
A mountain of evidence was available, but for reasons which still aren't clear the cops only mooched around in the murky foothills of corruption.
The TV mogul, 51, looked distinctly glum as he mooched around the deck of his blingladen boat, moored in the harbour of St Barts, the Caribbean island where anyone who's anyone drops anchor.
The Italian mooched around during the 3-1 win at West Ham to such an extent that manager Roberto Mancini brought him off the field - probably for fear of having to send out the physio to retrieve Balotelli's dummy from wherever he had spat it out last and collect up all the toys that had come out of his pram.
Our scheduled flight home the day after that game was cancelled and, as we mooched around a now relatively quiet and bustle-free Nuremberg many locals - especially shop, pub and restaurant owners - seemed sad that things in their welcoming city were now back to normal.
Players, unable even to get out on the practice ground, mooched around, drinking coffee, killing time any way they could.
Later, we found a marvellous flat island, Isle de Rey, just off La Rochelle where we hired bikes and pulverised our bums on strange saddles as we mooched around the vast parallelograms of the salt beds or watched oysters being harvested and again stuffed ourselves silly in small auberges where each meal was fit for a king.
They clambered down the looping ramps at The Master's woefully maintained Secretariat; sketched the wonderful plastic soffit of the Law Courts ('originally supposed to be shell structures' - Doshi); mooched around Sector 22 with its rather decorative housing blocks from Fry and Drew, Jeanneret and the gentlemanly, present Aditya Prakesh; and were able to engage over endless cups of tea - the experience and intellect of Doshi, Prakash, Alan Colquhoun and the young practitioners of Chandigarh Architects, co-sponsors of the event with Arizona State University.
Instead visitors just mooched around not knowing what was around each corner.
Yet the 100 yards might well have been a million miles as Alfie mooched around the Vic.
We mooched around, then someone started trying on Armani shirts and jeans and taking computer equipment from the kids' room.