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stand around

To stand in or around a single location, idly wasting time. Stop standing around and help me push this car off the road! I thought the farm would be fun for the kids, but they all just stood around looking bored.
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stand around

to wait around, standing; to loiter. Please don't stand around. Get busy! Why are all these people standing around doing nothing?
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stand around

v.
To stand idly near a location: That assistant just stands around while other people work. I've been standing around waiting for you. There was nothing to do, so we just stood around.
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References in classic literature ?
It was funny they hadn't come in, after standing around so.
While they were standing around, wondering what they should do, the owl, Too-Too, suddenly said,
She was greatly astonished to find herself lying upon the grass, with thousands of mice standing around and looking at her timidly.
None had such lovely trees standing around, or was so covered with trailing clematis and sweet woodbine; none had such good beer and such humming ale; nor, in wintertime, when the north wind howled and snow drifted around the hedges, was there to be found, elsewhere, such a roaring fire as blazed upon the hearth of the Blue Boar.
The umbrella could not locate me--there were four standing around the room, and all alike.
And they have a swarm of rusty, dusty, battered apostles standing around the filagree work, some on one leg and some with one eye out but a gamey look in the other, and some with two or three fingers gone, and some with not enough nose left to blow--all of them crippled and discouraged, and fitter subjects for the hospital than the cathedral.
There were at least a dozen soldiers standing around, and a little company were hurrying down from the gates.
Dorothy kissed Ozma good-bye, and all the people standing around waved their handkerchiefs, and the band in an upper balcony struck up a military march.
Every time, I see several 'workmen' standing around or sitting in a digger cab doing nothing but chat or use their mobile phones while perhaps one man will actually be in a trench doing something or other.
Admittedly, watching ten clayheads standing around a kiln as they fire their cruet sets is arguably no less dull than watching ten Man United outfield players standing around a ball working out what to do with it, but luckily there are alternatives.
In particular, about 5 buses with police officers are standing around Fountain Square.
Shame, really, because half the cast were standing around like a waste of space while the rest pretended to be dancing and/or drunk with varying degrees of success.
Our hotel gave us a view all along Princes Street - and we saw people in yellow and orange jackets all over the place, standing around in groups, apparently doing little to aid the progress of the tramway.
That was just a lot of people standing around kissing ass.
Officer Carlos Cintron said he found people standing around a white sedan.