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loiter around

To waste time being idle; to spend time doing little or nothing. Quit loitering around and help me take out the trash! After the stressful week that I had, I'm looking forward to just loitering around the house for the weekend.
See also: around, loiter

loiter away

1. To be idle or slothful; to be totally inactive. I don't want you loitering away on this sofa for the whole weekend, young man! After a long week of work, there's nothing I like better than to loiter away for a while with some video games or movies.
2. To pass a certain amount or period of time by being very lazy or idle. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "loiter" and "away." Too many kids just loiter the summer away in front of their computers or televisions. You really need to be working on your college applications, not loitering away your weekends with your friends.
See also: away, loiter

loiter over (something)

1. To delay in doing or accomplishing something. Time will be extremely tight in this exam, so don't loiter over any questions you can't figure out. Don't loiter 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 loiter 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 loiter over things we enjoy, such as good food or drinks.
See also: loiter, over

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 at the kerbside loitering with intent while we waited for him to pick us up.
See also: intent, loiter
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
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At the lower House, the Makabayan bloc had filed two resolutions seeking investigation into Argoncillo's death as well as the 'illegal arrest' of over 7,000 loiterers.
As for the Loiterer, its editor announced just before the weekly came to a close: "Those Subscribers who wish to collect these Essays into volumes, may be furnished in the course of a few weeks with a Table of Contents, Errata, &c, by applying to Mess.
(4.) In Pride and Prejudice the Gardiners embody the Loiterer's views on the "benevolence of commerce."
Mamondiong said the program is in support of the administration's crackdown on loiterers and violators of local ordinances.
Apparently, police also turned defensive claiming that only a few of loiterers were arrested while most of them were just merely "accosted" after they came under fire for their operations against loiterers.
Marcos told local reporters in Dagupan City that she comes from a local government, like President Duterte who was a mayor, and it is difficult when there are loiterers in their area.
In a speech delivered in Iloilo last June 13, Duterte directed the police to impose stricter measures against loiterers to make the streets safer, especially at night.
Malacanang on Thursday said it welcomed any congressional investigation into President Duterte's directive to the police to crack down on 'tambay' (loiterers), saying the presidential order was aimed at increasing police visibility to thwart crimes.
President Duterte wants minors and teenagers to be included in the crackdown on tambays or loiterers, ordering the Philippine National Police (PNP) to take into custody minors who are loitering in the streets to 'protect' them against illegal drugs and other threats.
Instead of arresting shirtless tambays (loiterers), barangay officials should take them to the barangay hall for counseling, Public Attorneys' Office (PAO) Chief Persida Rueda Acosta said Thursday.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development is planning to build community shelters for street children as the Duterte administration expands its campaign against loiterers or "tambay" to include minors.
The new operations are aimed at ridding the streets of loiterers at night.
Many of the loiterers arrested by police were so poor they cannot even pay the fine of P200, Public Attorney's Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta said on Wednesday.
So who was President Duterte referring to when he ranted, 'napakagagago ng mga ito' for failing to understand that his order was to 'accost' not 'arrest' loiterers in the streets?
Last week, Duterte--whose hardline stance against criminality and illegal drugs is well-known--instructed authorities to accost tambays or loiterers. The Chief Executive had described them as a source of "potential trouble for the public."