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linger around

To wait or loaf idly or expectantly (in some place or location). We all lingered around to hear the test results after class. I lingered around New York for a few weeks after I finished college hoping to find a job, but I knew deep down I would eventually move back to Michigan. I want you to get a job—I don't want you lingering around the house for the whole summer.
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linger on

1. To remain persistently or for a longer time than anticipated. I just wanted to go home after the seminar finished, but a number of attendees were still lingering on in the lobby. Despite her assurances, I still had a few concerns lingering on.
2. To remain focused on or preoccupied by something for longer than is necessary or advantageous. Time will be extremely tight in this exam, so don't linger on any questions to which you don't know the answer right away. I don't want to linger on this topic any longer than we have already, so I'll keep my response brief.
3. To remain alive after someone else passes away. After my father died, my mother lingered on for a couple of months before passing away as well. I just don't think she could bear being without him. My great-uncle Charlie lived for nearly 20 years after his brothers and sisters died, lingering on to the ripe-old age of 107.
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linger on after (someone)

To remain alive after someone else passes away. After my father died, my mother lingered on after him for a couple of months before passing away as well. I just don't think she could bear being without him. My great-uncle Charlie lingered on after his brothers and sisters for nearly 20 years, dying at the ripe-old age of 107.
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linger over (something)

1. To delay in doing or accomplishing something. Time will be extremely tight in this exam, so don't linger over any questions you can't figure out. Don't linger over your decision too long, or they might withdraw their generous offer.
2. To spend a lavish or excessive amount of time doing or enjoying something. I love watching her linger over each cigarette as if it were the last one she'll ever have. With how frantic life is these days, I think it's important to linger over things we enjoy, such as good food or drinks.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

linger around

to wait around; to be idle some place. Don't linger around. Get going! All the students were lingering around, waiting until the last minute to go into the building.
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linger on

to remain for a long time; to exist longer than would have been thought. This cold of mine just keeps lingering on. Some of the guests lingered on for a long time after the party was over.
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linger on (after someone or something)

 and stay on (after someone or something)
to outlast someone or something; to live longer than someone else or long after an event. Aunt Sarah lingered on only a few months after Uncle Herman died. She lingered on and was depressed for a while.
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linger on something

to delay moving on to the next thing; to remain at something and not move on. Don't linger on that one problem so long. I don't want to waste a lot of time lingering on this question.
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linger over something

1. to take too much time or idle over something, such as a meal, a cup of coffee, etc. I could linger over coffee all morning, given the chance. Don't linger over your soup. It will get cold.
2. to dawdle over the doing of something. You shouldn't linger over eating your dinner. It would he best not to linger over making up your mind.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Moreover, the covert progression very much rests with subtle and skillful choices of words, such as "lingeringly, as though he had time and to spare for everything, or as though he were taking leave of them for ever," "she saw those other two,' "instead of the other." In the process of uncovering the covert progression, we newly perceive the artistic value as well as thematic relevance of such textual details behind their trivial or digressive appearance in the overt plot.
Despite her then avowed atheism, Stein had from the start even more in common with the "Angelic Doctor" than Husserl or Heidegger because, instead of relegating God as they did to the wholly other, transcendent sphere--to "otherwise than being," as contemporary, break-through theologians like Karl Barth would also do--she refused such lingeringly binary habits of thinking in their work.
The intrusion into this quiet of violence, written into Marlowe's direction for "Welsh hooks" (whether military implements or rough farming tools these foreshadow the horrors to follow), was amplified by Rice ap Howell: taking pleasure in violence, pulling off monks' hoods until he found and threw to the ground the untonsured Spencer, he contrasted with Edward, at first seated in meditation ("this life contemplative is heaven" [4.7.20]), then kneeling with Spencer and Baldock, stroking their faces, and finally kissing both lingeringly on the mouth.
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Mayhew (acted with gruff dignity by Edwin McDonough), Webb preens lingeringly over Vole's good looks in a not-so-subtle attempt to gain his attention until Sir Wilfred gives her an admonishing look.
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This is not hard with a keep-fit regime of 20 slow press-ups done lingeringly, as many straight-leg lifts as your stomach can manage, 20 toe-touchings then a very hot shower followed by a five minute cold one.
Their lingeringly satisfying, savory quality (also found in steak, soy sauce, and parmesan cheese) has actually been defined as umami, the so-called fifth taste, along with salty, sweet, bitter, and sour.
Choosing the sonnet "The Grave of Keats," he lingeringly read:
There are enough of these fine stories to make this volume well worth obtaining--not to be read all at once, but slowly and lingeringly, one or two stories at a time.
And of course an effective brake to dwell on that thought too lingeringly clamped down almost at once: Look who's talking.
Lingeringly, they unfold their arms and gently they straighten their backs until they come to a seated, upright posture.