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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.
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Richard Gurr expertly hovered the familiar green and gold department helicopter over the field, turning it 90 degrees at a time and balancing on one skid, then the other, before putting it down and stepping out to address the 600 spectators, mostly students who thought the helicopter was ``cool.
KURRAM AGENCY, 19 March , 2009 (Frontier Star) -- US unmanned drones on Thursday hovered over lower and upper Kurram agency, causing panic among the residents, private TV channel reported.
This characteristic, as well as others related to the creature's wing structure, suggests that the birds hovered and drank nectar just as their latter-day relatives do.
During several hours of not catching anything with various lures, he saw "lunker" bass leaping out of the water around him to attack dragonflies that hovered just a few inches above the surface.
With sunlight fading, the H-3 hovered close to the treetops while hoisting a corpsman to an adjoining cliff.
During the 1982-1994 period, the yearly average aggregate value of deals hovered around $220 billion.
It hovered over the junction at Townsend Lane, then flew ver tically upwards until it was just a speck.
Boeing's prototype has successfully hovered before landing.
It hovered over the junction at Townsend Lane, then flew vertically upwards until it was just a speck.
City Council members chatted idly while city business went on, lobbyists hovered nearby and gadflies complained - it was politics as usual as Los Angeles City Hall opened its doors to the public for the first time Thursday following a $300 million face lift.
However,although 300 ton ne versions hovered back and forth across the Channel for many years, thehovercraft seemed to have had its day by the mid 1970s,killed off by high fuel prices,costs and competition.
Help came just in time as the sun hovered high above the school's rooftop by noon and the classroom's thermometer rose to 86 degrees.