One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘they spent most of their time hanging around restaurants or bars’
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
waste time, kill time, mark time, while away one's time, while away the time, dally
kick one's heels, cool one's heels, twiddle one's thumbs
frequent, be a regular visitor to, be a regular client of, haunt
hang out in
2‘hang about, see what it says here?’
wait, hold on, wait a minute
hang on, hold your horses
3‘he was hanging around with a fellow called Mick’
associate, mix, go around, keep company, spend time, mingle, socialize, fraternize, consort, rub shoulders
North American rub elbows
hang out, run around, knock about, knock around, be thick, hobnob
have nothing to do with
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