Meaning of AROUND in English

AROUND

adverb

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a bug is going around (= a lot of people have it )

A lot of staff are off because there’s a bug going round.

a rumour goes around ( also a rumour circulates formal ) (= a rumour is passed among people )

There are a lot of rumors going around that they’re going to sell the company.

Not long afterwards, ugly rumours began to circulate.

a snake coils itself around sth

The snake coiled itself around the branch.

a story goes around (= people tell it to each other )

A story went around that she had been having an affair.

a wheel turns/goes around

The wheels went slowly around.

around/across the world (= in many parts of the world )

We have 950 customers around the world.

By the time...rolled around

By the time Wednesday rolled around , I still hadn’t finished.

clasp your hands/arms around/behind sth

Fenella leaned forward, clasping her hands around her knees.

come around/round the bend

Suddenly a motorbike came around the bend at top speed.

come/go around a corner

At that moment, a police car came around the corner.

disappear around a corner

We watched the two boys disappear around the corner.

go round/around

Why does the Earth goes around the Sun?

gossip goes around (= it is told by one person to another )

It was a small village, and any gossip went around very quickly.

have a hunt around for sth British English informal (= look for something )

I’ll have a hunt around for it in my desk.

have/take a look around ( also have/take a look round British English ) (= look at all the things in a particular place )

I have a special interest in old houses. Do you mind if I take a look around?

leave...lying around

If you leave your shoes lying around like that, you’ll trip over them.

look green about/around the gills (= look pale and ill )

lug sth around

It’s a huge book, not something you’d like to lug around.

/lug sth up/into/onto etc sth

She began to lug her suitcase up the stairs.

put/wrap your arms around sb

I put my arms around Bobby and gave him a hug.

rumours fly around (= are talked about by a lot of people )

There were wild rumours flying around the office on Wednesday.

running around like headless chickens (= trying to do a lot of things, in an anxious or disorganized way )

We were all running around like headless chickens .

sail around the world

She always wanted to sail around the world .

sit around a table

We sat around the table and talked.

skirted around...issues

a disappointing speech that skirted around all the main issues

the pivot on/around which sth turns/revolves

Iago’s lie is the pivot on which the play turns.

the world revolves around (= that she is the only important person )

She seems to think that the world revolves around her .

Turning the car around

Turning the car around , we headed home.

wander/browse around the shops

I spent a happy afternoon wandering around the shops.

zoom off/around/down etc

Brenda jumped in the car and zoomed off.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ VERB

build

Christmas dinner is built around horsd'oeuvres, various kinds of pasta, capon and turkey.

They are built around speed, not size, at a time when mastodons rule the earth.

Voice over Border Oak builds around 30 timber framed homes a year from manor houses to small cottages.

He own every other building around here.

Another is built around what one can learn through the science of archaeology.

Dinner parties were built around the episodes.

It is not a system built around overpowering anyone.

centre

The main dissension in these books centres around two main questions.

Testing of knowledge gained can be centred around the ward learning objectives.

A tandem relationship ... A great deal of discussion has centred around the meaning of this word Paraclete.

There was a long-standing tradition of professionalism, which centred around jockeys and pugilists for the most part.

Police activity centred around the offence and the apprehension of a perpetrator.

The discussion centred around the flexibility clause which is unlikely to be removed.

Most of the Group's production was centred around the Etruria Works and in Hanley.

The idea centres around using wasteland and parks as communal gardens.

cluster

They clustered around his ankles, hiding his plimsolls entirely from view.

They clustered around and demanded to know who each one was.

The excavation of a village may reveal a number of small buildings clustered around one much larger building.

It is quite something to discover giant tubeworms clustered around warm water flowing from the seafloor.

This research explores the discourses of class in terms of the meanings clustering around the ideas of work and of community.

Several estimates of the extra wage to compensate for risk cluster around $ 200, 000 per death in 1967 dollars.

The nomes were clustered around a white heap on the floor.

On this basis, the hypothesis would be that religious beliefs tend to cluster around particular compounds of limitation.

come

Roy Barker is coming around with 3-1 / 4 sacks and Chris Doleman is still a force at 36.

A mystery man usually comes around to drop off a complimentary rose at extraordinary houses.

Scamp came around and stood in my line of vision.

If Yarborough were to come around today asking for your vote, you might find his style somewhat corny.

Things are not all bad and what goes around has come around and bowled me right over.

But, as the saying goes, what goes around comes around.

The coppers used to come around at first every time somebody stole a dame's purse but finally they gave it up.

Denver had come around , so to speak.

drive

After driving around for some time with no success I decided that I must get on my way.

A Chambers colleague remarked on seeing it that it must be like driving around in a Smartie.

Often, as I drove around , I felt as if I were in an enormous time park.

Karen reported the theft the police and the ranger, and spent hours driving around the roads looking for Tang.

She got back in the car and drove around to the back where the room was assigned.

The man then left the motorway and headed for Chester, driving around roads in the Mollington area.

float

I shouldn't like to think many of them were floating around .

The president now floats around in the mid-60 percents.

Drugs were floating around this case.

There are plenty of jokes floating around the Internet these days.

She was wearing something pink and delicate that floated around her body when she moved.

What I remember is a picture floating around out there outside my head.

Carrie doesn't seem to feel the cold herself and floats around in her filmy smocks without a shiver.

At the float tube pool, you can actually put on waders, float around and see what tubing is like.

fool

Dominic was just fooling around - flirting.

This seems like a guy I can fool around with.

They stood up, laughed and fooled around .

You should have come to Ward or me the minute you suspected it, instead of fooling around guessing.

At first she thought he was just fooling around , but he quickly turned vicious.

After two minutes she starts fooling around .

The Montrose girls were too old to be fooling around like that, anyway.

Augie and I are fooling around with them.

gather

The water-power age produced hamlets, at the most small villages, gathered around a new mill.

Later, while dancing, Johnson slipped and fell to the floor, and the curious gathered around .

People gathered around him like a Pied Piper.

A thousand people, mostly men, gathered around the grate one day last spring to witness a double execution.

Adults gathered around to watch, some to rinse themselves off.

At the back of the beach, where sand mingled with scrub, some fifty people were gathered around cars and trailers.

get

Finally, it also is tangible satisfaction when I get around to using it because I remember the work put into it.

Growers can get around the ban by planting vines for quality wines rather than table wines.

I do not know any way to get around this.

If the searches uncover similar ideas you may need to modify your invention to get around areas others bagged first.

Clark said that he knew I had been in Jeffries' class; these things got around .

I get around , as you know.

They found children forced to stay at home because they had no way to get around .

go

He has confided that he once told Claudia that in real life people do not go around analysing everyday rituals.

The Ferris wheel is cool too because a person sits in one of the seats while it goes around .

It's the only way they can go around harassing and criminalizing black kids and think they're doing a good job.

They go around wearing their pensions like hair shirts.

At bridge 14 you can join the Bierton Circular Walk which goes around the village of Bierton.

The master at that time was always going around pinching him too.

I went around the place and the units to find out where everything was.

I went around for a time speaking with Mrs Roosevelt at one honorable drive after another, and she liked me.

hang

Please don't hang around , Fiona.

Imagine all the trouble hordes of tots and teenagers can get into with nothing to do all day but hang around .

I didn't hang around with her much anyway.

Belinda shifted her sandalled feet nervously, wondering suddenly if Deana had decided to hang around until the mythical sailor showed up.

Harrison didn't exactly avoid us, but he made it clear that we were not to hang around his neck.

Wants to be liked and likes to hang around and curry favour with teacher.

I hang around the pavement by the shop for a bit, fiddling with the ball of string in my pocket.

All of us would hang around together.

lie

I found myself revising with the small colloquia that lay around the grassy precincts of the university.

Gone were the days when she could lie around with him for hours at a time looking at bugs in the grass.

The property room looked like a theatrical battlefield with masks and armour lying around in different stages of completion.

Perhaps there was a bit of bread lying around somewhere.

Boulders lay around the waterside, ash trees spreading finger-like leaves overhead.

Fossil bones were just lying around in the open.

Falling over toys that have been left lying around can be fatal for elderly people and very serious for children. 3.

Thou shalt not leave illegal things lying around in plain sight.

look

There is nothing wrong in seeking an invitation to go and look around a neighbouring school to explore possibilities of working together.

You look around and there's two people in the clubhouse.

Edouard stood looking around him, his mouth set, his hands clenched.

As long as the tape ran I looked around for more work.

I had now gained sufficient confidence to look around .

She waved at us but also looked around the room, I assumed to see who else was there.

So we must look around for phenomena that occur every 150 million years or so.

He rushed ahead and looked around in bewilderment.

mess

We were like each other; she knew what she wanted and she didn't mess around .

Bubsie: Oh, just mess around .

Now he is messing around with education, and look at the mess that that will be in.

Was it a good idea to launch our kids' lives as scientists simply by letting them mess around ?

So you're not messing around and wasting everybody's time.

Years ago Pauline blew off his fingers messing around with homemade rockets.

A monster like that is nothing to mess around with.

We knew they had to go so we messed around with it.

move

She wakes up as I start moving around and peers at the screen.

Interior screens can range from fabric-covered triptych folding ones you can move around to sliding doors to a climbing house plant.

She could hear them yawning and coughing as they moved around .

He stayed out late, but in the morning I heard him move around .

Each centre will be designed to help even the most physically disabled or confused people move around and orient themselves easily.

Troopers moved around in small groups, looking for their assigned ships.

In the flickering light he appears like a cat moving around cautiously.

The other people living around the courtyard seem to be quite used to them and continue to move around their business undisturbed.

pass

The word injudicious was passed around .

The attorneys approached the bench, assorted papers were passed around , and the prospective members of the jury were led in.

But the multiple currents passing around and between the islands were treacherous.

At about this time I read the first article about us in a worn copy of a news magazine being passed around .

Hours later she was being passed around the arms of her delighted mother and relatives.

One of my uncles used to suggest that it be fried and passed around to the guests.

There was only one copy and this was passed around the village for a farthing a read.

Enthroned, he would pass around cigarettes.

play

The best way to enjoy IE4 is to spend some time on line, play around , and explore its capabilities.

He played around with both boys and girls and he was capable of uncontrolled violence.

But it wasn't really such a leap from paintings of riders to pictures of top-hatted toffs playing around with tousled tarts.

Reading this book, I am struck by how much intellectual work can revolve around playing with blocks.

Yeah, it was fun, we played around .

Why were men able to play around with any sort of drab?

She encourages customers to play around with samples so they feel they are helping to design their own rooms.

Because of the way my grandfather lived, getting drunk and playing around , his son suffered.

revolve

She says her life revolved around the ice rink - she had to fit her personal life in around her skating.

Thus, the whole question of the attainment of metanoia revolves around receiving and registering impressions in a new way.

In my opinion, the books revolve around this central feeling of loss.

The entire celestial model revolves around the motionless earth once every twenty-four hours.

Half the plot of this book appears to revolve around people holding guns on other people.

Her life revolves around her children, she said.

The food will revolve around veal stew at about £6.

The exploration will revolve around the systematic development in youngsters of the desired, and contrasting, characteristics the two valuations entail.

roll

Then people rolling around all over the place.

Last season they were 3-10 by the time Thanksgiving rolled around , and they never recovered.

The word kept rolling around in his mind like a marble.

But when the election rolled around last Tuesday, gays and lesbians in large numbers stood by Clinton.

Only this time, it was found rolling around in a dustbin.

What am I doing out there rolling around and being thrown around and groping myself?

We disappear into the darkness, where nobody can see that we're not rolling around the floor in paroxysms of ecstasy.

By the time Wednesday rolled around , Curtis had apparently forgotten his offer.

run

I can run around a pitch 25 times, no problem.

The goats just ran around and nibbled on the turnips.

There were several families under the trees now, with little children running around and babies crawling about in the grass.

The skinny: Deion Sanders running around with a bucket of ice water is such a passe locker-room prank these days.

He was not running around and kicking everybody.

More animals are out and about, running around .

Once successful, he will run around and not allow you to get hold of his prize.

They vary in size from 4 to 8 ounces, with most running around 5 ounces.

scatter

There was blood all over the floor and rings scattered around .

Strange-colored tailings ponds and old, rusted equipment are scattered around .

Vern made for a bench in a concrete space with trees and shrubs scattered around in pots, and sat down.

The worn, faded furniture, the dingy wallpaper, the papers scattered around , the smell of alcohol.

Second-hand machinery was scattered around the yard with new parts and modifications arriving daily.

But each one had actually hit one of the few rocks scattered around .

There were plenty of books and magazines scattered around , but none seemed to relate to any academic studies she could identify.

shop

The biggest variable you will find if you are shopping around is price.

Finally, steering organizations that shop around can provide more comprehensive solutions, attacking the roots of the problem.

It is well worthwhile getting plenty of advice and shopping around .

Chances are, you can match any Houston rate if you take the time and effort to shop around your own city.

So my message is to shop around and not to be downhearted.

The thinking seems to be that many savers are too ignorant or lazy to shop around .

There are many choices of decking systems available, to suit all pockets, so shop around .

Steering organizations that shop around can even promote experimentation and learn from success.

sit

All participants sit around a large table.

But in the land of my forebears, women sit around and wait for their men.

Cameron, needing nothing, sat around the house, surrounded by other peoples' books and music and art.

Two other students, Linda Wolf and Christine Ashcraft, sat around with me afterward talking about it.

About thirty airmen sat around wearing a variety of expressions from sickly smiles to tough bravado.

When she broke off the smoke, the Pilgrims had no fire, they sat around eating sandwiches and devilled eggs.

At a place called Morro Chico there was a tiny inn where we sat around the stove ourselves.

Statues by the hundred sat around and above him, tier upon curving tier.

sitting

Sunday roasts are her speciality, with the whole family sitting around an old pine table.

The recycled coolant comes from large industrial chillers or from people who had stockpiles of used Freon sitting around .

But a man could go nuts sitting around wondering about what might happen.

There was nobody telling us what to do; nobody sitting around drinking palm wine and demanding dinner.

Here they were, the wise ones, sitting around the table contemplating their divine duty.

He sitting around waiting for his lawyer to call him.

But to tell the truth, the album makes a pretty good accompaniment for just sitting around and eating junk food.

spin

She spun around to watch the coin splash, but it was too late.

She spun around on the porch and glared back at the open window.

With a snarl, Fox spun around and slapped him, harder than necessary.

This nasty creature never talks and is always spinning around .

He puts it on his head and spins around in one motion.

He stumbled, but before he could fall, he was spun around and Buck Leeper grabbed him by his lapel.

Corbett knew he had to leave but the room was spinning around him and he fell gratefully into the gathering blackness.

The stammering policeman spun around , tripped on the rusty pot, and all but crashed to the ground.

stand

In one corner is a bath and about three nurses are standing around with masks on.

I went outside and stood around with the men in the road.

They stood around her in the stuffy room, aghast.

People are standing around , they joke, they laugh.

On the concourse people stood around gazing up at the departure and arrival boards, checking times of trains.

My clients, in three-piece pin-striped suits, stood around , statesmanlike, and some had big, happy grins.

The cars stopped and everyone got out, standing around in little groups, talking in hushed voices.

It was an ornate old lobby with great marble supporting columns and big pots of palms standing around .

stay

Thornton accepted, agreeing to stay around and possibly play a larger role again if things looked up.

Thomson stayed around for the festivities, as did assorted other friends.

The armed robber, needless to say, did not stay around to be sued.

The amino acids from any one meal stay around for about 24 hours.

Lisa was always his favourite and he seemed favourably impressed that Tony had stayed around .

Sometimes he stays around , but it's only a matter of convenience when we're working.

He felt he needed me to stay around .

stick

Just stick around here until we can think of something.

It all goes merrily or unhappily along whether you stick around to watch or not.

They should bloody well have stuck around till we turned up.

He also has a lucrative five-year contract at Hilton that makes it worth his while to stick around .

But once they're there, once you've given them headroom, they seem pretty determined to stick around .

They announced that they wanted to talk to everyone, and they asked everyone to stick around for a while.

Your fellow-passengers, severely shaken, Will almost all be loath to stick around .

Jane stuck around waiting for her, and Zack had promised to take them both home, so he was there too.

travel

It was while travelling around the world that the seeds of her future calling were first sown.

It travels around its star every 14. 76 days.

Merchants would travel around on a regular basis giving out raw materials and collecting the spun, or woven, product.

I want to travel around and talk to people about what is happening on the ground.

During a typical summer's day, a mountain goat may travel around a kilometre in search of food.

The idea was to travel around , there would be some going to towns and waiting for things to happen.

They used to travel around a lot, handing out leaflets and things.

Oh, not in the top flight, but he travels around the world - anywhere golf is played.

turn

Where the road levels out she turns around , walking forward until it rises again.

I turn around to ask her if she knows how I can get home.

There was no way to maneuver, even to turn around and get out if we had to.

They saw the mother drop her parcels and turn around to step back and try to reach her boy.

I want you to go over to that empty space and turn around in it a few times.

But turning around such a tarnished image will not be easy.

When he turned around , she was gone.

wait

Do they wait around , to be absorbed into any passer-by?

After waiting around for ten days he was instructed to proceed to Bombay.

Max told me that Smith would meet us on the following Monday, which would have meant waiting around for five days.

At about 4: 00 p. m. about 600 people were waiting around for their trains.

But as to advice - well, don't just sit around waiting for the telephone to ring.

He sitting around waiting for his lawyer to call him.

Do you wait around with a gun in your hand to shoot me down when I finally stagger out?

Jane stuck around waiting for her, and Zack had promised to take them both home, so he was there too.

walk

These allow headphone listening while walking around the room.

As the students are drawing, walk around to be sure that they are drawing an exact picture of the hanging hammer.

Afterwards we got up and walked around , going over to inspect the meadow's edge.

Why was this guy walking around free?

Some homes do not have a table; food may be provided while the child is playing or walking around .

I do not care much now about the way the women gape at me when I walk around in the village center.

Even though I only have to walk around the dancers, he's taking no chances.

wander

At that stage I thought engineers all wandered around in overalls with spanners.

A rough shepherd wakes her and points out the road, saying she ought not to wander around like a wild woman.

The shops had shut and people were wandering around arm in arm and going into pubs and restaurants.

At home, she wanders around , perpetually touching and picking up things.

Out in the street afterwards they wandered around the corner into Leicester Square to see the Christmas lights.

Hundreds of observers, including a team led by former President Jimmy Carter, will wander around on voting day.

It was definitely not a night to let a friend wander around in a drunken stupor searching for his car.

Finally, on a pretext of doing a little musicological research, he went down and wandered around .

wrap

Along the way we noticed young pine trees with cloth wrapped around the top shoots to stop deer eating them.

I realize that it is my mother wrapped around my legs, holding on to me as though I can save her.

It will wrap around this needle on the return journey.

Hank says our steps are wrapped around a phone pole two blocks down the beach.

Cover the sausage completely, then wrap around with a bacon rasher.

The paper was found, wrapped around some cigars, on an abandoned Confederate campground.

It was wrapped around the body and over the left shoulder where it was draped in folds which nearly reached the floor.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

(hang) around your neck

He was a skinhead, and had a line of swastikas tattooed around his neck .

She attached a cord and started wearing them around her neck .

The Doctor hooked the handle of his umbrella over his top pocket and pulled his paisley scarf from around his neck .

The king wore it on a ribbon around his neck on ceremonial occasions.

The lead Hunter appeared to have a mane around its neck .

Until my first New York winter rain, when the fake fur matted around my neck , wrists and knees.

(just) around/round the corner

Around the corner , their classmates practiced pulling small-fry violin bows across squeaky strings.

I rounded the corner , then stopped, waited a moment and peeked back into the lobby.

Rats gnawed on black infants' feet, while money was used to build new police stations around the corner .

She might think we're just around the corner and that we're not coming to see her.

She peered round the corner of the house.

She was around the corner , talking to Hoffmann.

The Derby Tonelli grocery store of my mind could have stood around the corner from my house.

There was always something around the corner if you didn't lose your head.

a millstone round/around sb's neck

This particular heritage may be a millstone around the neck of scientific natural history.

an albatross (around your neck)

The project became a financial albatross for the city.

But what began as an enlightened innovation has become an albatross around the neck of the free enterprise system.

Their wingspan exceeds that of an albatross .

around the clock

Rescuers are working round the clock to find survivors of the blast.

Since the outbreak of war, journalists have been working round the clock .

The emergency telephone lines operate around the clock .

A houseful of people watched me around the clock , which only made me more determined.

Between them they provide a mix of outreach and on-site services around the clock .

For the past 4 days, they've been working around the clock and through the night.

I was on planes or e-mail around the clock , seven days a week.

Men from the Royal Engineers and local contractors have been working around the clock to make the barracks habitable.

That many trips around the clock means each minute hand has traveled the equivalent of 10, 677 miles.

The company worked around the clock to repair the problem.

The modification work continues around the clock .

be noised abroad/about/around

be oriented to/towards/around sth/sb

All the computers we consider are general-purpose, at least in theory, although they may be oriented towards particular application areas.

Attention will be oriented to the imagery and assumptions about reproductive physiology on which methods of contraception and their evaluation are based.

First we were oriented towards the orientation building.

In contrast, pragmatic parties hold more flexible goals and are oriented to moderate or incremental policy change.

Management involvement in internal operations and problems must be oriented to the environment, its opportunities and demands.

On the one hand, the questions are oriented towards exposing the discipline, bringing into the open its hidden character.

The former are oriented to specialized resources while the latter focus on outputs.

This project is oriented towards education.

be the wrong way round/around

Church twisted his head sideways as if the writing were the wrong way round.

beat about/around the bush

Don't beat about the bush.

Eliot did not beat about the bush.

I am not a person to beat about the bush.

I meant to be open with him but when it came to it I beat about the bush.

Let us stop beating about the bush.

No need to beat about the bush sweetie.

She winced at their infelicities, at the clumsy way they beat about the bush.

bring the conversation around/round to sth

With the rector, however, Arthur still can not bring the conversation around to the confession he once planned to make.

bum around sth

enough/plenty to go around

Plenty enough to go around for any city.

There are community therapists, but not enough to go around.

every time sb turns around

feel around/on/in etc sth (for sth)

After she had put the phone down, she felt in a daze.

I returned to my book, the hot feeling in my face returned to its rightful place.

One of my reasons for becoming involved in Westland was that I felt in some respects that I owed them something.

She was not feeling in the least cheerful however when the taxi dropped her off at Ven's home.

She would understand; that was how he felt in the stores.

This feeling in turn hardens into lack of interest in work.

Whether you feel in any way responsible depends on your viewpoint.

fuck sb around/about

get around (sth)

And they also get around New York.

Either that or there was some way to get around the lock.

Fedotenko got around Matthieu Descoteaux and centered to White.

He could then expect to get around four pounds ten shillings.

Individuals and businesses are obliged to pay $ 49, but many never get around to sending in the check.

It would take some time for the news to get around.

Julian had never got around to asking, but now he knew that it had been Guy Hanthorpe.

So there was no getting around it: the car was dead.

get around sth

How do we get around the new tax laws?

If we can get round these difficulties, we'll be able to discuss the really important points.

There's no way of getting around it - you're going to have to tell her the truth.

And they also get around New York.

Either that or there was some way to get around the lock.

Fedotenko got around Matthieu Descoteaux and centered to White.

He could then expect to get around four pounds ten shillings.

Individuals and businesses are obliged to pay $ 49, but many never get around to sending in the check.

It would take some time for the news to get around.

Julian had never got around to asking, but now he knew that it had been Guy Hanthorpe.

So there was no getting around it: the car was dead.

get your tongue around sth

I couldn't get my tongue around the consonants.

go around (sth)

I can't go around my friends begging for a home, can l?

In pursuit of material he went around the world six times and gave over 8,000 illustrated talks.

She said she would wait on the steps while Tom went around and opened the street door.

The changes of angle the belt makes as it goes around the pelvis allow much greater freedom of movement.

The city was rife with forlorn single women, and there was plenty of blame to go around.

There is plenty of fault to go around!

Used to go around as a foursome.

We went around the room to get them to say a declarative sentence.

go around (sth)

I can't go around my friends begging for a home, can l?

In pursuit of material he went around the world six times and gave over 8,000 illustrated talks.

She said she would wait on the steps while Tom went around and opened the street door.

The changes of angle the belt makes as it goes around the pelvis allow much greater freedom of movement.

The city was rife with forlorn single women, and there was plenty of blame to go around.

There is plenty of fault to go around!

Used to go around as a foursome.

We went around the room to get them to say a declarative sentence.

go around in your head

go around with sb/go around together

go/run around in circles

We've got to solve the problem instead of running around in circles , writing letters that never get answered.

I had a tendency to run around in circles getting more and more worked up.

She jumps up and down and runs around in circles .

That's why there are no solutions and the characters endlessly go around in circles in discussions.

have a nose around

have a sniff around/round

A dozen cemetery companies have sniffed around Hollywood Memorial and then walked away.

kick around (sth)

Being kicked around can be a real eye opener.

But the fact is Lombardi and Barnett have kicked around the idea of Grtezky joining the Sharks.

Children whom everyone was too exhausted to stop were kicking around an empty fizzy-drink can.

Civic promotion is an idea that had been kicked around before.

He believed they understood what it was like to be kicked around by white men.

Journalists have always had inflight magazines to kick around.

Throughout all of this Manchester United has been kicked around like a football.

kick sb around

kick sth around

knock around (sth)

And after knocking around for a decade he came to rest at his alma mater.

Each new copy must be made from raw materials, smaller building blocks knocking around.

He just knocked around with some very funny looking women.

He was fined $ 5,000 and placed on probation for 90 days after knocking around Tony Stewart's race car.

It would have been inconceivable for exchange control to be tossed around and knocked around in Cabinet.

Like Jitters, she had knocked around the world a bit and wound up in Dead Rat.

Peter: On Saturday I knock around with me mates.

The apartment never seemed more cramped with just the two of us knocking around in it.

knock around sth

And after knocking around for a decade he came to rest at his alma mater.

Each new copy must be made from raw materials, smaller building blocks knocking around.

He just knocked around with some very funny looking women.

He was fined $ 5,000 and placed on probation for 90 days after knocking around Tony Stewart's race car.

It would have been inconceivable for exchange control to be tossed around and knocked around in Cabinet.

Like Jitters, she had knocked around the world a bit and wound up in Dead Rat.

Peter: On Saturday I knock around with me mates.

The apartment never seemed more cramped with just the two of us knocking around in it.

knock sb around

knock sth around

knock sth ↔ around

know your way around sth

And he knew his way around.

Bike testers these days tend to know their way around a track.

For he is convinced he knows his way around better than anyone else on earth.

For those who have used soft chalk pastels and know their way around the tints I would advise loose pastels.

Fortunately, I knew my way around cars.

He knows his way around the course and, with any luck, I felt the ground would come up soft.

The people had been friendly, and she had known her way around.

They seemed to know their way around; at least one of them must have been familiar with the layout.

lie around (sth)

A writer should write, not lie around dozing in the middle of the day.

Falling over toys that have been left lying around can be fatal for elderly people and very serious for children. 3.

It's illustrated, with explicit photographs, so don't leave it lying around.

Lopped off brambles lay around and the long grass was all trampled.

Perhaps there was a bit of bread lying around somewhere.

Thou shalt not leave illegal things lying around in plain sight.

Virtually anything you see lying around can be used from a fruit bowl to a club.

When it was hot, we all lay around in the grass and talked about stuff.

look around/round (sth)

Gasping for breath, Isabel managed to twist her head away from him and look around.

Get all your benefits sorted out and then start looking around again.

He looks around him at everybody watching.

I came and looked around and felt this campus is no different than the society at large.

In the silence Johnson looked around at the porch for any details he may have forgotten.

My heart sank as I looked around.

Two old ladies look round in my direction.

When they were gone, Petey crawled out and looked around.

lounge around

mess sb around

muck sb about/around

pass the hat around

Airbus will anyway soon be passing the hat around again for an enormous 700-seat aeroplane, much bigger than the Boeing 747.

piss sb about/around

poke around (sth)

After that he'd spent a lot of time with Jekub, poking around, finding out about it.

By its light, he poked around in the charred remains of the nestboxes.

Charles sat on the windowsill as Ward poked around the room.

Fakhru went to the wastebasket and poked around with his finger.

Have to find out for himself, no other way, poke around, listen, ask, play it carefully.

I used to poke around the Internet and see what was new online.

In the harsh air she poked around in the flowerpots and bushes by the front door.

Why not let me poke around quietly?

right along/through/around etc

Don't pull the thread right through at this stage.

He came right through the War, just to be killed on that damned motorbike.

He got so mad he threw the Bible out the bedroom window right through the glass.

He had slept right through the night.

His grey eyes stared back at me intensely, as if right through me.

I love to hear this, but then you see guys slide right through the draft.

Route 1 runs right through it.

run around like a headless chicken

The arcade section is hideous, featuring computer-controlled players running around like headless chickens and never attempting a tackle.

run rings around sb

Each time the Congress met, which was roughly every six months, Boris Yeltsin ran rings around it.

For sheer cleverness she could run rings around them all.

see around/round sth

see sb around

see you around

"Have a good trip." "OK, see you around."

I had seen him around, frequently.

I never actually met her, but I've seen her around, and I heard a lot about her.

It's good to see you around again.

One can imagine a Soviet general fuming to see it around her neck.

She had seen them around the hotel for the last five days.

The scholar sees all around the issue, not the kind of preparation for political action or most power strategies.

There was Charlie and Polly at the boardinghouse and he had seen me around the city with-the girls at work.

Why not the women I saw all around me, working from before dawn to dark?

somewhere around/between etc

All the heavy materials came from junk spinning somewhere around in the solar system.

By dimensions and purpose, the 1997 Ford Expedition falls somewhere between affordable housing and the next Trailways bus to Yuma.

Possibly somewhere between 1901 and the present, Bobsworth had been caught with his hand in the cash box.

Problems lie somewhere between puzzles and policy issues.

The ideal size, in peace, is probably somewhere between 12 and 16.

The resulting book falls somewhere between the teen diary / confessional genre and the academic feminist treatise.

There was no definite sound, but he knew that Mabel would be somewhere around.

Your house current is somewhere around 110 volts, which is enough to fry everything inside your machine.

talk around/round sth

Get people talking round a subject.

He had never heard Alex talk around dope before.

In the early days I remember we could spend an hour talking round one position.

It was the talk around the base.

Robyn listened helplessly as they talked around and about her and remembered.

We talk round all these factors and eventually that tends to work towards a particular player.

We must have spent at least five minutes talking round the subject.

Why was she conspiring with him to talk around the subject rather than come to the point?

talk sb around/round

the other way around/round

It may also be more accurate to say that the user responds to the system rather than the other way around.

It only works the other way round.

Language, I have learned, by writing about this, gives birth to feeling, not the other way around.

Only it should really have been the other way around, when you get right down to it.

Right now, that is the other way around.

The question is better put the other way around: will Californians pay much attention to the politicians?

What is more, in Britain in the 1980s it was the other way round.

think (that) the world revolves around you

throw your weight about/around

But being annual they would be open to reprisals if they threw their weight around too much.

But that bloody Caitlin, he had to throw his weight around.

Do we in petty ways throw our weight around?

How dare the Nottinghamshire police suppose they can throw their weight around in this way?

It's a chance for rugby to throw its weight around.

Maybe she could have handled that a little more tactfully instead of sounding as though she was throwing her weight around.

Mortgage traders were the sort of fat people who grunt from the belly and throw their weight around, like sumo wrestlers.

Very strong in his own way, not swaggering or throwing his weight about, but a great inner strength.

throw your weight around

She likes to throw her weight around -- it makes her feel important.

The commission has a reputation for throwing its weight around.

Why is everyone so upset? Has George been throwing his weight around again?

But being annual they would be open to reprisals if they threw their weight around too much.

But that bloody Caitlin, he had to throw his weight around.

Do we in petty ways throw our weight around?

How dare the Nottinghamshire police suppose they can throw their weight around in this way?

It's a chance for rugby to throw its weight around.

Maybe she could have handled that a little more tactfully instead of sounding as though she was throwing her weight around.

Mortgage traders were the sort of fat people who grunt from the belly and throw their weight around, like sumo wrestlers.

The apprentice was some distant relation of Pollitt's wife; that'd be why he was throwing his weight around.

turn around and say/do etc sth

After a couple of months, the Sioux turned around and came back west without permission.

Each was turned around and the wrists cuffed behind their backs.

He turned around and saw the first Stillman shuffling off in the other direction.

He turned around and slowed down, seeing no sign of the monsters.

Lepine turns around and starts spraying the students in the front rows with gunfire.

She turned around and went back to sit in the road.

There was no way to maneuver, even to turn around and get out if we had to.

Why turn around and do the same to one of our own?

turn sth ↔ around

turn sth ↔ around

twist/wrap/wind sb around your little finger

way around/round/up

A possible way round this problem has been suggested by Sen and others.

Or was it the other way round?

See diversion sign and ask B if he knows the best way around it.

She hoped he would find another way up, but this thought still was the central meaning of his whimpers.

Some people, at bottom, really want the world to take care of them, rather than the other way around.

They think they gon na talk their way up on it.

When we find ways around the size of the school, the ultimate reward is a climate that fosters Community.

what goes around comes around

But, as the saying goes , what goes around comes around.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Don't leave all your clothes lying around .

I'll turn the car around and pick you up at the door.

I think the B-52's were the best band around at the time.

It was 11:30 at night, and no one was around .

Kevin spun his chair around to greet me as I walked into his office.

Reporters crowded around as Jensen left the courtroom.

Since it's your first day here, would you like me to show you around ?

That joke's been around for years.

The children were dancing around in a circle.

When I finished college, I traveled around for a while before I got my first job.

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.