mill about

mill about
verb
1. be about (Freq. 1)
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The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square

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Who is this man that is hanging around the department?

Syn:
loiter, ↑lounge, ↑footle, ↑lollygag, ↑loaf, ↑lallygag, ↑hang around, ↑mess about, ↑tarry, ↑linger, ↑lurk, ↑mill around
Derivationally related forms: ↑lingerer (for: ↑linger), ↑lounger (for: ↑lounge), ↑loiterer (for: ↑loiter)
Hypernyms: ↑be
Hyponyms: ↑prowl, ↑lurch
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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Somebody ——s PP

2. move about in a confused manner
Syn: ↑mill, ↑mill around
Hypernyms: ↑move
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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ˌmill a ˈround ˌmill a ˈbout british [intransitive] [present tense I/you/we/they mill around he/she/it mills around present participle milling around past tense milled around past participle milled around] informal phrasal verb
to move about in large numbers in a confused way with no particular purpose

a crowd of students milling around the library steps

Thesaurus: to move closer together in a groupsynonym
Main entry: mill

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ˌmill aˈround derived
(BrE also ˌmill aˈbout) (especially of a large group of people) to move around an area without seeming to be going anywhere in particular

Fans were milling around outside the hotel.

Main entry:millderived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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