Definition of hang around in English:

hang around

phrasal verb

  • 1Loiter; wait around.

    ‘undercover officers spent most of their time hanging around bars’
    • ‘Reporters hung about the docks, waiting for released convicts to land.’
    • ‘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 outside the door waiting for Paul until a security guard drives up to check on me.’
    • ‘Should more be done to stop teenage gangs hanging around the streets?’
    • ‘There's no way I'm going to hang around waiting for them to sober up and stagger off.’
    • ‘I hang around, waiting for other parents or teachers to clear up the story for me.’
    • ‘You cannot just expect a barrister to hang around waiting for you if you do not sort out your problems with your solicitor.’
    • ‘He hung around the locked gates trying to beg a taxi fare home.’
    • ‘We hung around at the beach, in local parks, and at each other's houses.’
    • ‘She would then have to hang about waiting for me in the library until I was ready to go.’
    • ‘A group of teens were hanging around on a low stone wall.’
    • ‘The kids were just hanging around waiting for something to happen.’
    loiter in, linger in, wait around in, spend time in, loaf in, loaf about in, loaf around in, lounge in, lounge about in, lounge around in
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  • 2hang around withAssociate with (someone)

    ‘he never hangs around with that gang’
    • ‘Also, look around and decide if these are the kind of people you want to hang around with since they seem to be taking away your self confidence.’
    • ‘Jack loves hanging around with all these millionaires, because it makes him feel important.’
    • ‘This will show your date that you are active and fun to hang around with.’
    • ‘She's been very canny about who she's been hanging around with and where she's been over the past few months.’
    • ‘Trying to place her face, I asked her who she hung around with in school.’
    • ‘Maybe he just liked hanging around with all the important people.’
    • ‘People tend to dress to suit the people they want to hang around with.’
    • ‘Everyone at school had a group to hang around with.’
    • ‘The guy hangs around with very shady characters everywhere he goes.’
    • ‘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.’
    associate, mix, go around, keep company, spend time, mingle, socialize, fraternize, consort, rub shoulders
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