fanny about

fanny about
a) To waste time or fool around; to engage in activity which produces little or no accomplishment.

Then he dithered and fannied about.

b) To wander about or prowl around.

Johnson waited for an age while the barmen tossed bottles back and forth, poured luminous liquids into glasses from great heights, and fannied about with fruit and frivolities.

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