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loiter with intent

1. obsolete In law, to stand or wait idly in a location with the intent to commit an offence. Primarily heard in UK. The police officers arrested the two men, accusing them of loitering with intent to rob tourists coming out of the nearby pubs.
2. By extension, to stand idly in one spot while waiting for something to occur. Primarily heard in UK. We just had to stand there by the kerbside loitering with intent while we waited for him to pick us up.
See also: intent, loiter

loiter around

to idle somewhere; to hang around. Stop loitering around! Get going! The kids were loitering around for most of the summer.
See also: around, loiter

loiter over something

to dawdle or linger over something. Don't loiter over your meal. I want to start the dishwasher. I wish you wouldn't loiter over your chores.
See also: loiter, over

loiter something away

to idle away a period of time. Those boys will loiter half their lives away. They loitered away their summer vacation.
See also: away, loiter

loiter with intent

stand or wait around with the intention of committing an offence. British
This is a legal phrase which derives from an 1891 Act of Parliament; it is also used figuratively and humorously of anyone who is waiting around for some unspecified purpose.
See also: intent, loiter
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Morales(1) that Chicago's anti-gang loitering ordinance--authorizing the police to disperse groups of loiterers containing criminal street gang members(2)--was unconstitutionally vague, Harvey Grossman, the attorney who had argued the case for the winning side, called the decision "a victory for `young men of color.
Indeed, the majority pointed out that, by its terms, the statute does not apply to those loiterers whom the city would most like to control: those who do have an apparent purpose either to "publicize the gang's dominance of certain territory" or to commit crimes.
The Loiterer, Jane Austen's brother James wrote about language with heavy irony: "Language," he says, used to be defined as "the Art of expressing our Ideas.
Henry went up to Oxford in 1788, and in January 1789 the two brothers founded a weekly periodical composed of lively, elegant, polished essays in the fashion of the time, which they named The Loiterer.
Mary Magdalen College, and the Loiterer (1789-1790) of St.
Jane Austen owned a set of poems and plays by William Hayley and was thought to have borrowed the name of Sophia Sentiment--from a playlet composed by the poet--for an article in the March 1789 edition of The Loiterer, her brothers' jointly published undergraduate magazine.
As the medical student reaches the platform, she is abducted by the loiterer and taken to an infrequently used secondary entrance of the station.
Jane's elder brothers had produced a two-year run of a comic undergraduate weekly, The Loiterer, during their Oxford years, and while James and Henry never subsequently realized their early literary ambitions, surely their enterprise inspired their clever little sister to believe that publication was possible for a country parson's daughter.
Despite sounding like a joke, his remark is well founded, for one of the issues given over to Oxford types in The Loiterer, (2) the periodical run by Jane Austen's brother James, confirms such a currency To a blustering student who represents the "Dasher," all tradesmen are to be "resisted by gentlemen" and are "complete raff'; it turns out the young man is himself from a trading family and feels obliged to express his scorn "merely to support his character as a dashing man" (141-42).
He thought it was one of the usual incidents when loiterers would throw stones on parked vehicles.
Regulars include a big, loud man named Albert Babakian, who chases away loiterers when they're rude to Chhun, and Marina Lopez, an 83-year-old who comes to sip coffee three times a week after church, wearing white lace shirts and patent-leather shoes.
As do youthful loiterers, who, upon hearing classical selections, quickly leave the premises (Ross, 2016, p.
The wail of the siren, sweeping over Stepney like the wind before a storm, sends the last loiterers from the dim streets.
LOITERERS, drunks and troublemakers could be fined under tough new plans to tackle anti-social behaviour.
Ban alcohol in all public parks, police it with undercover operations and the loiterers will disappear.