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hang around

1. To linger some place without doing anything productive. There are always kids hanging around the diner after school.
2. To spend time with someone. I used to hang around with Chelsea a lot more before she started dating Drew.
3. In sports, to remain in a position to potentially win the game, despite being behind in the score. Even after being down by double digits, this team has found a way to hang around, and now they have the chance to take the lead in the final minute.
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hang around (with someone)

 and go around (with someone)
Fig. to spend a lot of time with someone; to waste away time with someone. John hangs around with Bill a lot. They've been going around with the Smiths.
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hang around

(some place) to loiter some place; to be in a place or in an area, doing nothing in particular. Why are you hanging around my office? It's comfortable here. I think I'll hang around here for a while.
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hang around

1. Spend time idly, loiter, as in Every afternoon they could be found hanging around the mall. [Mid-1800s] Also see hang out, def. 4.
2. Keep company or consort with someone, as in The younger campers loved to hang around the older ones. [Mid-1800s] Also see hang out, def. 5.
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hang (around)

in. to loiter; to waste away time doing nothing. Don’t just hang around. Get busy with something.
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Speaking on his "700 Club" program May 2, Robertson remarked, "It's been nearly a decade since conservatives had control of the White House, and now that they have it back, the conservative operatives who have been hanging around Washington for a long time are making the most of their opportunity."
Yes, there certainly is a downside to having cops hanging around.
Byam said clients like the enclosed, weatherproof smoking shelters because they eliminate the whining of smokers, the righteous indignation of nonsmokers, the concerns about second-hand smoke, the visual disgust of visitors subjected to smokers hanging around doorways flipping cigarette butts, but most of all because they end the inevitable doorway confrontations between smokers and nonsmokers.
"The confusion," he writes, "totally chaotic, the filth completely nauseating...the building, once the home of a king, resounding with screams, vile language, profanities...a gang of young-women, of dubious appearance, Jews, like all the rest of them, hanging around in all the offices with provocative de-meanour and suggestive smiles.
That Inman didn't stoop to requesting a lighter sentence for his buddy James Guerin seems to be a bonus in Nelan's eyes--enough to absolve the journalist from asking other questions, such as: what was Bobby Ray Inman doing hanging around with Guerin, who both violated the arms embargo against South Africa and bilked the U.S.
"Every major environmentalist from John Muir on grew up hanging around wild places," points out an environmental educator from Connecticut.
These are not teenage groupies hanging around without the price of admission.
A SCHOOL in Stockport has issued a warning to pupils after fears were raised over an armed gang hanging around the area.
Two men were noticed hanging around suspiciously in the WH Smiths store, before one smuggled a number of pairs of headphones out under his jacket.
Ali and Hassan, 21, were working in the shop on New Year's Eve when they became aware of a large group of teens hanging around outside.
But the raucous bird, which is thought to have been hanging around for weeks, has been causing some local residents a headache.
A problem for me and my friends is that there is nothing to do and nowhere to go, so we have to resort to hanging around the streets which some older people sometimes find threatening."
Everything seems to be hanging around at the moment.
I felt like, 'This is the most awful day in the lives of these people, and I'm hanging around trying to see how they do an IV.' That's why I left." Just make it up love.
The original devices were to make an annoying frequency to stop teenagers hanging around the streets or in certain areas, because teens are the only ones who could hear the frequency, however now an improved model has been made in which it isn't just targeting teens but everyone!