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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.
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
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Rowling, Chamber of Secrets> Waiters hovered about.
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.