hover

hover
hov|er [ `havər ] verb intransitive *
1. ) if a bird, insect, or aircraft hovers, it keeps itself in the same position in the air:
An army helicopter hovered overhead.
2. ) to stay somewhere because you are waiting to do something or because you cannot decide what to do:
The waiter was hovering by their table.
Her hand hovered over the phone for a couple of seconds.
3. ) hover between to be in a state or situation that may change at any time:
His girlfriend is hovering between life and death.
4. ) hover around/near to be at or near a particular level without changing much:
Their total world sales hover around the 50,000,000 mark.
hover on the brink/edge/verge of something
to be very close to doing or experiencing something, especially something unpleasant:
Annabel was hovering on the brink of tears.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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