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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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Nor could a person who knowingly loitered with a well-known gang member anywhere in the city safely assume that they would not be ordered to disperse no matter how innocent and harmless their loitering might be.