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mill around/about (something)

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmill around/about (something) phrasal verb informalCROWDif a lot of people mill around, they move around a place in different directions without any particular purpose Crowds of students were milling around in the street. There were a lot of people milling around the entrance. mill→ See Verb table
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mill around/about Chesarynth gripped it convulsively at the strange sight of people milling around.It was a dark overcast day; the people milling around all looked grey.Two days later mobs milled around as William Lloyd Garrison began to speak.The entire Project Eden team - or what was left of it - was milling around: cowed, shocked and submissive.There were people milling around on the streets.Previously, most local grain was ground in the many small mills around the city and outlying areas.Shaken survivors milled about the lobby awaiting word on when they could leave Cairo.People have been coming in and milling around to see if we actually have it.
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Verb table
mill
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theymill
he, she, itmills
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theymilled
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave milled
he, she, ithas milled
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad milled
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill mill
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have milled
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam milling
he, she, itis milling
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you, we, theyare milling
Past
I, he, she, itwas milling
you, we, theywere milling
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been milling
he, she, ithas been milling
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been milling
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be milling
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been milling
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