stand around - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [intransitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theystand around
he/she/itstands around
present participlestanding around
past tensestood around
past participlestood around

or stand about British

  1. to stand somewhere and do nothing, often when you should be doing something

    Don’t let the boss see you standing around doing nothing.

See also main entry: stand