float around

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float around

1. To float or bob over or on top of a particular surface. Look at all the ducks just floating around the pond!
2. To not be in any specific location. I just saw that book yesterday, so it must be floating around here somewhere.
See also: around, float
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

float around

to float from here to there freely. All sorts of paper and trash were floating around on the surface of the pond. Water hyacinths floated around, making a very tropical scene.
See also: around, float
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

float around

v.
1. To be or move in a nonspecific or unknown location: That pen must be floating around here somewhere. The travelers floated around the countryside, stopping here and there to eat and rest.
2. To move around while suspended on the surface of a fluid without sinking; float in no particular direction: Empty bottles and other debris float around in the cove at low tide.
See also: around, float
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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They ran towards each other, and stood together hand in hand in the vast church of nature and of poetry, while over them sounded the invisible holy bell: blessed spirits floated around them, and lifted up their voices in a rejoicing hallelujah!
Her robes of silken gauze floated around her like a cloud, and dainty satin slippers shod her feet.
The black and murky atmosphere that floated around the spot where the Hurons had encamped, sufficiently announced of itself, the fate of that wandering tribe; while hundreds of ravens, that struggled above the summits of the mountains, or swept, in noisy flocks, across the wide ranges of the woods, furnished a frightful direction to the scene of the combat.
After his name floated around in boxings next big fight, Amir Khan finally decided whom he would face next.
Security has been heavy in the city as word of a possible suicide attack had floated around Kabul for the past few weeks.
All the 'small' items floated around on breezes most of the time, then sometimes sheltered under 'big'.
As their fridge-freezer floated around the kitchen blocking the back door, pictured right, they struggled even to enter their devastated home where they have lived for 30 years.
It was worked out over the course of several months, but the idea was floated around as early as March 2003 according to John Cieslowski, vice-president of PMSC.
I mean, just how gorgeous was Jerry Hall as she floated around New Orleans trying to discover the source of the word ' cocktail'?
Rigert floated around Braun like Saturn's rings, soft-pedaling her slippered feet and wafting to earth.
I floated around in water for about one hour and was more dead than alive....
The recent land swap idea that was floated around has been attributed to Dan Doctoroff, Bloomberg's deputy mayor for economic development.
As oil floated around $28 dollars a barrel, Chavez stuffed away the cash.
Barring disaster, the balloon crew should land back in Australia 18 or so days later--having floated around the globe.