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phrasal verb [intransitive] spoken
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present tense
I/you/we/theyfloat around
he/she/itfloats around
present participlefloating around
past tensefloated around
past participlefloated around
  1. 2
    if an idea is floating around, it has been suggested but not yet considered

    We have various issues floating around that we need to discuss.

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