hang around

British and Australian English INFORMAL
This page is about the phrasal verb hang around.

Meaning: to spend time somewhere without doing anything useful

Synonym: hang about (British/Australian)

For example:

  • hang around Are you just going to hang around the house all day, or are you going to go out and do something?

  • hang around The local teenagers would hang around in the park for hours after school.

Variety: This is typically used in British and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

Jimmy's mother didn't want him hanging around the house

a. doing nothing

b. doing homework

c. doing housework

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