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mill about

To loiter, wander about, or waste time idly (some place). I'll just mill about in the store across the street while you get your hair cut. There were a bunch of teenagers milling about near the entrance to the store, and it was making me a little bit nervous.
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mill around

To loiter, wander around, or waste time idly (some place). I'll just mill around in the store across the street while you get your hair cut. There were a bunch of teenagers milling around near the entrance to the store, and it was making me a little bit nervous.
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mill out

1. To remove something from a larger thing as a result of grinding, squeezing, or pressing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "mill" and "out." Healthier grains are those that do not have gotten the bran and germ milled out of them. We use a chemical process to mill the impurities out of the raw materials.
2. slang In trading card games, to have all of one's cards removed from play due to the actions of one's own or another player's card. A noun or pronoun can be used between "mill" and "out." I was nearly beaten in the game, but I managed to mill the other player out completely at the last moment. I was going to play my most devastating card on my next turn when she milled out my hand and won the game.
3. slang To severely harm or injure someone. A noun or pronoun can be used between "mill" and "out," but typically used in passive constructions. I nearly got milled out by a car on my cycle home last night.
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mill around

 and mill about
to wander or move around aimlessly within a small area. Everyone was milling around, looking for something to do. The students milled about between classes.
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