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ask around about

To try to find out information about something by asking a lot of different people. I've been asking around about our Biology final, and the consensus has been utter panic. A: "Have you seen my book?" B: "No, but I'll ask around about it."
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ask around about (someone or something)

 and ask about someone or something
to request information (about someone or something) from a number of different sources. I don't know the answer. I'll ask around about it. Ask about, will you? Find out what people are thinking. Please ask around about her.
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The White House will tell about not allowing gays to serve in the military but won't ask about a gay male prostitute in the pressroom.
Alan Keyes will tell you how to conduct your sex life, but don't ask about his gay child, 'cause he ain't telling.
For certain jobs, employers can ask about previous arrests or convictions and notify applicants that a background check is required, which is within their rights.
In reality, if you do it correctly, almost no one will be offended when you ask about fraud.
One of the mistakes McClendon makes is to ask about domestic policy.