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hover around (someone or something)

To position oneself near or around someone or something else; to linger near or around someone or something else. If you keep hovering around me like this, I'm going to put you to work setting the table!
See also: around, hover

hover between (something) and (something else)

1. Physically, to float or be suspended between two things. The plane hovered between the two runways before it got cleared to make a landing.
2. By extension, to struggle to decide between several options. If she's hovering between those two schools, well, she'll get a great education either way.
See also: and, between, hover

hover over (someone or something)

1. To float or be suspended over someone or something. The plane hovered over the runway before making a smooth landing.
2. To linger near or around someone or something, often when doing so is unwelcome. Dad, I can't get anything done with you hovering over me—quit it! Ugh, the boss has been hovering over me the whole time I've been working on this project.
See also: hover, over
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: around, hover

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.
See also: between, hover

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The H-60 hovered abeam the cruiser until the small boat began to head aft to pick up the boarding team.
They made absolutely no noise while they hovered for about four to six minutes, but then they disappeared as quickly as they came."
Tall and lanky, Bertha's stock in trade was her long, sad, ageless face, which she carried around to every house of the sick in, and out of, the community where like a buzzard she sat, hovered, at the foot of the bed of the ill whom she'd come to console, watching and waiting.
Brent Crude oil futures for delivery in October hovered at $110.40 a barrel.
The object hovered over the river for about 20 seconds before moving towards south Liverpool and then travelling upwards towards the sky until it went out of sight.
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.
It hovered over the junction at Townsend Lane, then flew ver tically upwards until it was just a speck.