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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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"Men tend to hang around with other men too much, and if they hung around with women a bit more it would help things.
Their heads and the gems that once hung around their necks dangle from his fingers
A BESOTTED woman who stalked a young police officer chased after his patrol car on her bicycle and hung around outside his police station.
Again the Lilac Fairy appeared, this time to draw back the curtains and reveal not a dusty old stage, but one with sparkling new workings from which dropped a cavalcade of portraits of the company's balletic galaxy, hung around that of the founder Dame Ninette de Valois (who at 101 was unable to attend).
They both hung around acting suspiciously for approximately 30 minutes before one of the men stole a number of sets of headphones and placed them under his jacket before leaving the store."
There are "groups" of teenagers that hang around just as I hung around at their age.
On one occasion, whales hung around and watched human antics for 11 hours.