hang about

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hang about(
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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.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to wait for something) (United Kingdom)
a. quedarse esperando
I suppose we've no choice but to hang about 'til Armando comes back.Supongo que no nos queda otra alternativa que quedarnos esperando hasta que vuelva Armando.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to deliberate) (United Kingdom)
a. pensárselo demasiado
You don't have time to hang about. You need to take a decision.No tienes el tiempo para pensártelo demasiado. Tienes que tomar una decisión.
3. (to spend time; used with "with")
a. ir
Alberto doesn't really hang about with those kids anymore.Albero realmente ya no va con esos chicos.
b. salir
I think Beto is one of the kids from school that our son hangs about with.Creo que Beto es uno de los chicos de la escuela con quien sale nuestro hija.
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
4. (to spend time in the area of)
a. dar vueltas por
There were some dodgy characters hanging about the park.Había unos tipos sospechosos que daban vueltas por la vecindad.
b. merodear por
The last time I saw Daniel, he was hanging about the neighborhood with his friends.La última vez que vi a Daniel, estaba merodeando por la vecindad con sus amigos.
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hang about
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (colloquial)
a. esperar (wait)
he kept me hanging about for hoursme tuvo esperando horas
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hang about
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
2 (wait) esperar
hang about, you told me she'd agreed to it (espera) un momento, me dijiste que ella estaba de acuerdo
hang about - why should you get all the money?
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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