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Could you tell if there is any difference in meaning between hang out with someone and hang around with someone? For example:

Mike is always hanging out with that guy.

Mike is always hanging around with that guy.

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  • To my native AmE ear, "hanging around" is more passive/implies loitering somehow. Eg: when I hang out with somebody I might go to a bar, go to a park, hike, etc, whatever. If I hang around with somebody I'm probably watching tv or playing videogames on the couch with them. Just my personal connotations; don't take my word for it!
    – neph
    Sep 7, 2021 at 22:40

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No, no difference. They're both slang idioms, the latter one used more often in the past, the former one starting common use in the 70s, perhaps?

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