What does 'lingering around the corner' really means? I have seen this phrased use so many times but I never get what it really means.

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Should be "Lurking around the corner". Look up "lurk" in the dictionary.
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"Lingering" to me means hanging around when you really should go. Something seems to keep you there. You know you should go, but you want to stay.

It differs from "loitering," which can imply that you're a vagrant.

"Lurking" to me means you're somewhat concealed, possibly awaiting your chance to perpetrate some crime or mischief.

If there's a large building on the corner (intersection), then "around the corner" would place you "out of sight," and "lurking" would be appropriate.

If it's a simple intersection with nothing blocking the view, then "around the corner" could be taken as "in the vicinity of the corner," and "lingering" could be appropriate.

I think of the tune "On The Street Where You Live," from My Fair Lady, in which the guy just likes hanging around by himself near his new girlfriend's house. I think that would be "lingering." There's nothing sinister about it.

One more tune lyric: Lingering sunsets, stay a little longer with the lonely sea. You know you're going to leave - in a minute.
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Avangi, you can't reason like that with an idiom.
lingering around the corner - waiting to happen (possibly soon).
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HuevosAvangi, you can't reason like that with an idiom.
You're right, Huevos. I foolishly tried to read your idiom into the OP's idiom and failed to recognize either one of them. I think Optilang came up with the right solution. (I often hear, "lurking in the shadows.")

Respectfully, - A.

Edit. Google -

lingering around the corner 902
lurking around the corner 64,200
lurking in the shadows 354,000
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Its "lurking" not "lingering". Try a google search.
PeaceblinkfriendWhat does 'lingering around the corner' really means? I have seen this phrased use so many times but I never get what it really means.
Figuratively, "about to happen", "impending". (It's as if you were walking along a street and just as you turned the corner, there it was.)
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