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hang around (or round or British about)

Definition of hang around or round or British about in English:

1Loiter; wait around: undercover officers spent most of their time hanging around bars
More example sentences
  • 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 in, linger in, wait around in, spend time in, loaf (around/about) in, lounge (around/about) in;
waste time, kill time, mark time, while away the/one's time, dally;
frequent, be a regular visitor to, be a regular client of, haunt
informal hang out in
1.1 informal Wait: [in imperative]: hang about, you see what it says here?
More example sentences
  • Hang about. Didn't you used to play American football?
  • Hang about - this isn't going to work - better quit while we're only a bit behind.
  • Hang about a second - the reason why the price of CDs has fallen so sharply between 1983 and 1996 isn't because a generous recording industry started price cutting in the consumers interest.
Synonyms
wait, hold on, wait a minute
informal hang on, hold your horses
2 (hang around with) Associate with (someone): I hung around with the thugs
More example sentences
  • 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
North American rub elbows
informal hang out, run around, knock about/around, be thick, hobnob
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