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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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The tiny hoverers (black-chinned hummingbird shown) have less DNA in their cells than any other previously studied birds, reptiles or mammals, researchers report online August 5 in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Two types of parents breed consistently negative results: overindulgent rat-racers and neurotic hoverers.
There's no question that many of the moves currently being ventured, against the Tech tragedy background, are more designed to assuage worried constituents (particularly, the more nervous hoverers among the patents of college students) than from any conviction that they will improve security.
Male customers are divided into two main categories - the hit and run merchants and the shy hoverers.
Bee or Wasp Syrphid Fly Four wings Two wings At rest, wings folded At rest, wings held slightly over back to the sides Waist distinctly pinched (wasp only) Waist not distinctly pinched Antennae longer than head Antennae stubby, shorter than head Flight: straight, smooth, Flight: angular, zoom-stop-zoom, point-to-point; poor like a hummingbird; excellent hoverers hoverers
This extra lift makes hummingbirds some of the most accomplished hoverers, says Warrick.
99) is perfect for nervous edge-oool hoverers who will sympathise with anxious little Jim in his armbands looking on while his pals have lots of splashy fun.