That what-did-he-know question may linger as the investigations mount.
And yet McCarthy knows that the spotlight will linger only briefly on the issue that brought her to Congress.
When asked to discuss Karl Rove's memoir, the temptation is to linger on its title.
c.1300, lenger "reside, dwell," northern England frequentative of lengen "to tarry," from Old English lengan "prolong, lengthen," from Proto-Germanic *langjan "to make long" (cf. Old Frisian lendza, Old High German lengan, Dutch lengen "to lengthen"), source of Old English lang (see long (adj.)). Sense of "delay going, depart slowly and unwillingly" is from 1520s. Related: Lingered; lingering.