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hang around

1. To linger some place without doing anything productive. There are always kids hanging around the diner after school.
2. To spend time with someone. I used to hang around with Chelsea a lot more before she started dating Drew.
3. In sports, to remain in a position to potentially win the game, despite being behind in the score. Even after being down by double digits, this team has found a way to hang around, and now they have the chance to take the lead in the final minute.
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hang around (with someone)

 and go around (with someone)
Fig. to spend a lot of time with someone; to waste away time with someone. John hangs around with Bill a lot. They've been going around with the Smiths.
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hang around

(some place) to loiter some place; to be in a place or in an area, doing nothing in particular. Why are you hanging around my office? It's comfortable here. I think I'll hang around here for a while.
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hang around

1. Spend time idly, loiter, as in Every afternoon they could be found hanging around the mall. [Mid-1800s] Also see hang out, def. 4.
2. Keep company or consort with someone, as in The younger campers loved to hang around the older ones. [Mid-1800s] Also see hang out, def. 5.
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hang (around)

in. to loiter; to waste away time doing nothing. Don’t just hang around. Get busy with something.
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The longer the birds hung around, the heavier the ant rain became.
Phoenix led by 21 points in the third quarter, but the Clippers hung around in the fourth quarter and pulled to within six, 100-94, with 7:18 left, when Daniel Ewing made a 3-point shot - the Clippers' only 3-pointer of the game.
Pepperdine hung around for much of the game, but eventually fell to Gonzaga 82-75 in a West Coast Conference game at Firestone Fieldhouse.
And, as we soon discover, Brent hovers around his old colleagues like those creepy kids who hung around your high school long after they graduated.
But he hung around in fourth place and showed a strong kick in the final 300 meters to open a sizeable lead, winning in 1:52.
The current practice of treating high school graduation like the end of a monumental education odyssey confuses countless children and their families, who think that somehow their future prosperity and success are assured because they hung around a high school for four years.
He seemed to be a guy who hung around his friends,'' Solerno said.