stand about

stand about(
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (general) (United Kingdom)
a. quedarse por ahí
You've been standing about doing nothing for ten minutes. Get to it then!Hace diez minutos que te quedas ahí sin hacer nada. ¡A trabajar!
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stand about
stand around
estar; esperar; seguir en un sitio sin propósito fijo
They were standing about wondering what to do
they just stand about all day pasan todo el día por ahí sin hacer nada; they kept us standing about for ages nos hicieron esperar mucho tiempo
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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