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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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In 1972, the Chronicle carried a report about a massive silvercoloured flying saucer "as big as five or six jumbo jets" according to one witness, hovering over Westerhope.
However, when holding the phone with just one hand and hovering over the screen with the thumb, only the essential controls are displayed.
Without looking over my shoulder, I know she is hovering behind me anxiously checking I have only filled the kettle up to the two-cup water level
Lentink and his colleagues mounted wings from museum specimens of Anna's hummingbirds to a spinning device, and monitored how air flowed around the wing as it beat in a pattern that mimicked hovering.
In another instance, a woman in the UK revealed that she spotted a flying saucer-shaped object hovering over her home island of Guernsey on 23 March 2014.
The system is designed to help the crew avoid main and tail rotor strikes against peripheral obstacles which jeopardize the aircraft s safety during low speed hovering manoeuvres in confined spaces.
We began this study to investigate how the hummingbird used its tail while hovering," said Marko Princevac, an associate professor of mechanical engineering and a coauthor of the research paper.
Later, after the Queen officially declared the London 2012 Olympic Games open, an AW101, hovering over the stadium, released eight billion (representing every person in the world) pieces of confetti.
A"We are seeing a positive sign for economies recovering and the price of oil has been hovering in the $70-$80 (range),A" he said.
The hovering of the aircrafts has created panic among local residents, particularly among children," an eyewitness told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
ISLAMABAD, October 23, 2009 (Balochistan Times): UAVs were seen hovering in the night between Thursday and Friday over the Margallah Hills.
ISLAMABAD, October 23, 2009 (Frontier Star): UAVs were seen hovering in the night between Thursday and Friday over the Margallah Hills.
2 : to stay near a place <And Lockhart was hovering around all of them, making suggestions.
The X2 Technology Demonstrator is designed to establish that a helicopter can cruise comfortably at 250 knots, while retaining such desirable helicopter attributes as excellent low speed handling, efficient hovering, and safe autorotation, combined with a seamless and simple transition to high speed.
Rising, Falling, Hovering is a hardcover anthology of free-verse poetry by professor of English and award-winning poet C.