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hover around (someone or something)

to hang or wait around someone or something. The mugger hovered around the side door to the theater, waiting for a victim. The birds hovered around the bird feeder.
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hover between something (and something else)

 
1. Lit. to float or hang between things. The helicopter hovered between the buildings and lowered a rescue chair. The hummingbird hovered between the blossoms, sipping from one and then the other.
2. Fig. to waver between choosing one thing and another. I hovered between chocolate and vanilla. Uncle Jed hovered between life and death for days.
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hover over someone or something

 
1. Lit. to remain suspended over someone or something. The rescue helicopter hovered over the floating sailor. A huge blimp hovered over the football stadium.
2. Fig. [for someone] to stay close to someone or something, waiting, ready to advise or interfere. Please don't hover over me, watching what I am doing. I have to hover over this project or someone will mess it up.
See also: hover, over
References in classic literature ?
The flat Asiatic airships kept high above the Germans and behind them, and fired unanswered bullets into their gas-chambers and upon their flanks--the one-man flying-machines hovered and alighted like a swarm of attacking bees.
For none appeared in sight but enemies, saving one small ship called the Pilgrim, commanded by Jacob Whiddon, who hovered all night to see the success.
0 features a sleeker design, improved rider control and quieter hover engines to bring hoverboard fans around the world one step closer to the board everyone has yearned for since Marty McFly hovered across our movie screens 26 years ago.
In a wind tunnel, the hummingbirds hovered at a feeder downwind from a cylinder.
Brent Crude oil futures for delivery in October hovered at $110.
Surprisingly, their results showed that the top-heavy bugs hovered stably while those with a lower center of mass could not maintain their balance.
I WAS wondering if there had been any reports about a very large grey twin-rotor blade helicopter, which hovered very low over Croxteth and surrounding areas last week (can't specify the date).
Oil prices hovered near $82 per barrel on Friday, after rising during the week on a weaker dollar, but tempered by signs of a softer US economy.
dollar hovered below the 91 yen line early Friday in Tokyo, with its further fall prevented by an overnight rise on Wall Street.
According to media reports reaching here said that the copter intruded 5km into Pakistani area and hovered for seven minutes.
The H-60 hovered at 100 feet abeam the port side of the cruiser so the cameraman could shoot the small boat being lowered into the water.
ACTON - As a sheriff's helicopter hovered over the football field of Vasquez High School, a golden hawk circled nearby, watching.
After several hours of trying various lures without success, he saw "lunker" bass leaping out of the water around him to attack dragonflies that hovered just a few inches above the surface.
A graceful, asymmetrical shadow hovered on the outside of the scrim like a design on silk; inside, fixed to the wall, Magnolia Flower proffered a single, arcing branch, one blossom already partially blown, another on the verge of opening.
The BA609 hovered at an altitude of 50 feet, performed left and right peddle turns, both forward and aft flight maneuvers, four take-offs and landings, nacelle position changes and stability testing for 36 minutes before setting down.