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English definition of “stand about/around”

stand about/around

phrasal verb with stand     /stænd/ verb (past tense and past participle stood)
to spend time standing somewhere and doing very little: They stood around waiting for the store to open.Passive and not working
(Definition of stand about/around from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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