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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The electric fairy lamps had popped alight; and as the sun sank lower, Yellowsands seemed like a glowing crown of light floating upon the water.
A second later they were rolling, splashing and bobbing about in the water, the horse struggling frantically to find a rest for its feet and its riders being first plunged beneath the rapid current and then floating upon the surface like corks.
Many heads surged to and fro, floating upon a pale sea of smoke.
The famous Thames barges sit in brown clusters upon the water with an effect of birds floating upon a pond.
The heat had been intense, as we had been floating upon the long smooth swell of the ocean, for there was but little wind.
His fingers feeling through the darkness came in contact with something cold and clammy--they passed to and fro over the thing until Bradley knew that it was the face of a dead man floating upon the surface of the stream.
(4) Earth, in the cosmology of Hesiod, is a disk surrounded by the river Oceanus and floating upon a waste of waters.
Deep in that ocean we are floating upon a slow current.
Largo was the final work to be completed for the commission and its low height invites a high-angled view of the silk and paper flowers that randomly dot its smooth cement surface, as if floating upon a lily pond, like those in Monet's nympheas gardens at Giverny.
As they venture off, they soon come into contact with the Ravens (leather-jacketed hoodlums), encounter the white witch floating upon a milky moon, before winding up trapped in the gingerbread house.
Certain birds, especially as I see things, such lonely birds as the heron, hawk, eagle, and swan, are the natural symbols of subjectivity, especially when floating upon the wind alone or alighting upon some pool or river, while the beasts that run upon the ground, especially those that run in packs, are the natural symbols of objective man.
Hand over hand you were getting into the lion, Sniffing palm trees and floating upon the lion Towards the lion and up to the lion.
As a result of the analysis, in the first quarter of 2011 Honeywell swapped its $800 million 10-year note to floating upon issuance.
It spreads toward the center in picturesquely overlapping circles, floating upon a light background.
It is the soul that whispers and hears; feels and sees; and understands.To know Islam, and the spiritual light that descends upon the Earth during the Holy Month of Ramadan, one must leave behind the world of pleasures and distractions, and open a door where light is blinding, energy is radiant, air is solemn, and the Praise of Allah is a wind of song, as if multitudes of birds in chorus are floating upon crests of waves circling heavens and earth.Ramadan is a month of fasting, prayer and recitation of the Qur'an.