One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the crowd lingered for a long time, until it was almost dark’
wait around, stay, remain, stay put, wait
loiter, dawdle, dally, take one's time, lag behind, straggle, dither, potter about, potter around, potter round, pause
procrastinate, stall, delay
informal dilly-dally, stick around, hang around, hang round, hang on, hang back
archaic, literary tarry
2‘the infection can linger for many years’
persist, continue, remain, stay
be protracted, endure, carry on, last, keep on, keep up, hold
informal hang around, hang round
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