Definition of hang around in English:

hang around

  • 1Loiter; wait around: undercover officers spent most of their time hanging around bars
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    • So you don't believe in hanging around waiting for something big to come your way?
    • Some bored looking folks were hanging about as if waiting for a protest to happen.
    • I hang around, waiting for other parents or teachers to clear up the story for me.
    Synonyms
    loiter, linger, wait around, waste time, kill time, mark time, while away the/one's time, cool one's heels, twiddle one's thumbs; frequent, be a regular visitor to, haunt
    informal hang out in
  • 2 (hang around with) Associate with (someone): he never hangs around with that gang
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    • We're very pleased the police caught somebody and the fact that he went to court will make an example of him to the people he hangs around with.
    • The guy hangs around with very shady characters everywhere he goes.
    • She's been very canny about who she's been hanging around with and where she's been over the past few months.
    Synonyms
    associate, mix, keep company, socialize, fraternize, consort, rub elbows
    informal hang out, run around, be thick, hobnob
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