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wandering hands

The tendency to attempt to touch another person for sexual gratification without their consent. Bernard's got wandering hands, which is why his assistants always quit. So-called wandering hands are sexual harassment, period.
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wander about

 and wander around
to stroll or amble around without any purpose evident; to roam around. We just wandered about downtown all morning, looking at the shop windows. It's fun to wander around in a strange town.
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wander away (from someone or something)

 and wander off (from someone or something)
to roam away from someone or something. The little boy wandered away from his mother. He wandered off from his sister. The dog wandered off.
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wander from something

to stray from something, such as a path, a set of rules, etc. Please do not wander from the path I have set for you. If you wander from our guidelines, your finished product may not be acceptable.
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wander in(to something)

to stray or roam into something or some place. A deer wandered into the parking lot and frightened some of the shoppers. Someone wandered in and sat down.
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wander off

(from someone or something) Go to wander away (from someone or something).
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Before long, the first wandering Jew is on the road again, headed to Egypt in search of food.
Part 5 outlines the need to establish a research agenda on wandering.
The Lehrjahre advances a conception of wandering as "self-directed activity" (27), as Bildung according to innate principles, but ultimately suggests that "the wandering subject .
And while Wandering Eyes does have some alt-country elements, it also channels elements of pop, folk and the traditional fare Desveaux grew up on.
They were alerted by a motorist who found her wandering alone in Lutterworth Road, in the Whitestone area of the town, at 3.
Newly wandering progressives could begin their wilderness studies by revising a few ideas that had been associated with American conservatives but that seem now to be jumping parties.
Typically, facilities distinguish between wandering and elopement, where the latter occurs when a resident consciously attempts to leave a facility.
Typically, though, two or three residents do not yet require this level of care but are nonetheless prone to erratic behavior such as wandering.
Hughes, it seems, did more wandering than wondering") and the relatively sparse sales ("under three thousand copies for the initial two years"); yet these factors did not prevent "the sustaining merit" of the book from generating several successive editions by other publishers after the first edition by Rinehart and Company.
The wandering that Alison does in this fine memoir is not unlike the wandering that many young lesbians have done--with or without a longing for the world sparked by a certain woman's nose and mouth.
The money will go toward building an Alzheimer's Wandering Garden for elderly residents suffering from early stages of dementia.
Blue Dog was a wandering soul, a free spirit, who could go anywhere she liked, become anyone she wanted to, assume any mood that caught her fancy.
I could not believe the number of people wandering around Church Street looking for shops that were open.
And you would have to care about the words," asserts Luis Alberto Urrea (paraphrasing Thomas McGuane) in the opening lines of Wandering Time, his seventh book.