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loiter

v. to linger or hang around in a public place or business where one has no particular or legal purpose. In many states, cities, and towns there are statutes or ordinances against loitering by which the police can arrest someone who refuses to "move along." There is a question as to whether such laws are constitutional. However, there is often another criminal statute or ordinance which can be applied specifically to control aggressive begging, soliciting prostitution, drug dealing, blocking entries to stores, public drunkenness, or being a public nuisance.

loiter

verb be idle, be vagrant, cessare, hang around, idle, linger, move aimlessly, pass time in idleness, poke, stand around, tarry, wander aimlessly
Associated concepts: vagrancy
See also: delay, pause, procrastinate, prowl
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She said the guards, who she described as ''hired loiterers,'' have prevented her from visiting her imprisoned husband, her parents and her son who is under their care.
The Port Authority said that the proceeds will be put towards a planned overhaul of the bus terminal, which has long been derided by commuters for its grungy appearance, loiterers and confusing layout.
Another thought would be to expand the voice messages we use in Broadgate and the Salt Lane and Cox Street car parks which ask loiterers to move on.
There was no lack of loiterers who followed Kalman and the soldiers.
A couple of years before, he had hired a helicopter to harass the crowd outside his opening at Midway Contemporary in Minneapolis with a spotlight, appeasing the loiterers with free aviator sunglasses.
At facilities in downtown areas, we often place lights on the outside of garages, which has helped to keep away loiterers such as homeless people.
The entrance stands open to all, and they who linger within, loiterers, the deaf, the blind, the lame ducks generally, stand in no awe of the saint, but rather on terms of loving familiarity.
Operators can set the system to detect motion, breaches, left-behind objects and even loiterers.
This includes monitoring for vandals, loiterers and accidental falls onto the railway.
Dianna Ferguson-Mosley, head of the Indianapolis Police Department's robbery division, commended businesses that took steps to thwart robbers: watching for loiterers (potential robbers), and modernizing video surveillance equipment.
We can all remember the loiterers and loungers, the vulgar starers, the gaping idlers, we used to meet there .
Though loiterers are not welcomed, there's nothing to say an attacker couldn't simply check into the hotel, thereby gaining full access and guest privileges to target facilities.