float (up)on (something)

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float (up)on (something)

To bob, drift, or glide over or on a particular surface. Look at all the ducks just floating on the water! The paper airplane floated upon the air for a few seconds before sinking to the ground.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

float (up)on something

to drift as if on the surface of something; to drift along through the air. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) The little tufts of dandelion seeds floated upon the breeze. The fluff floated on the breeze.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Then a hundred yards from shore she rose and there for another short while she floated upon the surface.
Talks about breaking off diplomatic relation between Manila and Reykjavik floated upon Senator Imee Marcos' suggestion, who stressed that other states should not impose on other sovereign countries.
Only its ruler needs not one crown, but five, or sixty-three...Full-fledged autocracy is being floated upon the sea of social-communistic slogans that remain an empty sound.
Aboriginal soldiers were honoured at the Canadian Armed Forces booth where the image of young Tom Longboat floated upon a tall cloth banner.
An ivy leaf plucked at Christmas and floated upon a dish of water on New Year's Eve until Twelfth Night foretold the health of the one who plucked it.
You are the plungers of tongues, public as fountains, the human spewers of fortune, full of the right to act, strong and angry enough, your hair outrageously done, your minds clear as rain, sharp as nipples, taut as the finest hairs just discovered on each others' bodies, bodies that need above an to be touched O yes, O yes, or else undone; need to be verified, magnified, holy god what part of the inscrutable plan is this, what generosity of feeling, floated upon, penetrated?