1. be slow to leave or disappear






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a lingering issue/problem that needs to be resolved

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The verb to linger a means to stay around or continue to exist for longer than expected. If a person lingers somewhere it means they stay for a longer time than is necessary.

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  1. Even though Tom has insisted repeatedly that he is telling the truth, some doubts still linger about the veracity of his story.
  2. I love how the smell of this perfume lingers for hours after I apply it.
  3. The local council has applied at tar paint to some walls in the area to prevent teenagers from gathering and  lingering in the area.

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  1. We've already covered most of the bases in this meeting, but there are still a few lingering issues that I want to get to before we finish.
  2. The problem with the manufacturing equipment lingered for a long period of time and greatly reduced our productivity. Fortunately, we did eventually manage to resolve it.

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