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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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ATTENTION all you double lock checkers, you latchkey obsessers, you cooker door botherers, you toilet seat hoverers.
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. The former walk around with cell phones grafted to their ears and shower children with luxuries in place of their own availability the latter tend to remove so many challenges that a child has no toolbox for coping when they must later pursue their own achievements.
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.
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This extra lift makes hummingbirds some of the most accomplished hoverers, says Warrick.