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English definition of “float around”

float around

informal ( UK also float about)
verb uk phrasal verb with float   /fləʊt/ us    /floʊt/

(OBJECT)

You say that an object is floating around when you think it is not far away but you cannot see exactly where: I can't find my purse, but it must be floating around here somewhere.

(IDEA)

If an idea or story floats around, it is discussed or repeated by a lot of people: rumours floating around
(Definition of float around from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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