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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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When you work with vulnerable people, you shouldn't be loitering in the red light district looking for prostitutes.
And it's unclear whether the signs, if they remain, will reduce loitering.
Kingsgate is the latest in a number of shopping centres to recruit classical composers to deter groups from loitering outside premises.
The court heard the prevention order banned Kavanagh from contact with children, loitering in various places and other acts including:
Sergeant Jeff Martin, of the Roath Neighbourhood Policing Team, said three men were reported for kerb- crawling while the nine women were caught either loitering or soliciting.
The girl, reported missing from the Central Coast area, was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor loitering for the purposes of prostitution, violating the 10 p.
They may also have been seen prior to the incident loitering by the shop' both are believed to be black.
In a recent initiative in Glasgow, Somerfield used piped classical music to deter loitering youths.
Officers saw Pedley, 53, who has convictions over 27 years for sex attacks on children, loitering near schools and stalking boys in Bournemouth, Dorset.
A CONVICTED child rapist was back behind bars after he was caught loitering outside a primary school.
A total of 17 people were arrested for offences ranging from theft of cars, breach of bail, criminal damage, loitering and possession of drugs.
That's why a storeowner in England is using a similarly annoying sound to prevent disruptive teens from loitering outside his shop.
On October 28, as Swita walked to his house from his car, he saw a man who had been loitering on the sidewalk start toward him quickly, and so he readied his gun and proceeded to hurriedly unlock his front door to enter his house.
Though his only direct queer reference is a personal aside about a memorable sexual peccadillo in Paris, Dessaix constructs this literary travelogue with observations and anecdotes that will resonate with any curious queer traveler, Like Edmund White's The Flaneur (an homage to loitering through Paris, aimless yet attuned to history and chance adventure), Twilight of Love revels in the thrill of allowing whim and obsession to unseat the rigid travel agent as arbiter of itinerary.