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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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The only difference this time was that Legg's in-swinger went to the far post where Peter Thorne was loitering with intent to grab an easy goal with his head from a yard out.
It certainly should be lively in the European team room with Stenson loitering with intent to raise a smile - and a determination to protect his reputation as the strongest table tennis player in the side.
ALL RIGHT ON THE NIGHT: Kevin Mirallas fires in his free-kick for Everton's winner against Aston Villa but left footer Leighton Baines was also loitering with intent
There were always groups of young people outside the bar loitering with intent.
Gareth Taylor's slide-rule pass saw Mangan scamper away down the inside-left channel but having pondered too long on the options available - Morrell nearside and Chris Blackburn loitering with intent at the far post - his teasing ball from the by-line rolled tantalisingly across the face of goal, evading them both.
They included an end to the hated 'sus' law which allowed officers to arrest anyone they suspected of loitering with intent - black men said officers used it to target them unfairly.
The Owls took a deserved 14th-minute lead with Potter squaring the ball to James O'Connor, loitering with intent 25 yards out.
He was arrested and was given two months in prison for loitering with intent.
BIRMINGHAM-inspired crime writer Maureen Carter takes her work to heart - she is an expert at loitering with intent.
Loitering with intent on the edge of the area, he calmly brought down a headed clearance and smashed a glorious half-volley into the top corner.
City are loitering with intent in the promotion zone at the top of Division Two.
Lee Hendrie found Southgate loitering with intent 12 yards out and the defender strode forward to blast the ball home off the inside of Matt Clarke's right hand post.