mill around

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to mill around (third-person singular simple present mills around, present participle milling around, simple past and past participle milled around)

  1. (intransitive, usually of a group of people) To move or circulate in a confused or disorderly manner within a limited area.
    • 1907, B. M. Bower, Rowdy of the Cross L, ch. 2,
      "I hope you don't think you're going to mill around out here alone," Rowdy said tartly.
    • 2008, Matt Selman, "Grand Theft Auto IV: The 6.24% Review," Time, 30 Apr.,
      There were a few eager teens milling around in the parking lot.