The 'hang around' group
These verbs are concerned with waiting, not doing much, or not acting.
wait hang about hang around/round hang on hang out hold off hold on lie around/about sit around/about sit by stand back stand by wait around/about wait in wait up
We hung around for an hour as an endless stream of young people came in and out of the shop.
'Hang on,' Joe said. 'I'll get you a bag.'
Isn't air travel too important for governments to stand by while the industry collapses?
What kept him? I've been waiting for hours.