regional note: in BRIT, also use wait about
phrasal verb wait
If you wait around
or wait about
, you stay
in the same place, usually doing very little, because you cannot act before something
or before someone arrives
The attacker may have been waiting around for an opportunity to strike.
I waited around to speak to the doctor.
...the ghastly tedium of waiting about at the airport.
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