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get around

1. To spread among a number of people, as of news, rumors, etc. When news of this tax scandal gets around, your career in politics will be finished!
2. slang To have sexual intercourse with many different partners. I'd practice safe sex with him if I were you—I hear he tends to get around.
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get around someone or something

 
1. Lit. to cluster around someone or something. Tell every one to get around the cat so she won't run away. Let's get around Mary and sing "Happy Birthday" to her.
2. . to manage to go around someone or something. We couldn't get around the fallen tree, so we turned back. Mary couldn't get around the people standing in the hallway.
3. Fig. to avoid or elude an authority or regulation that constitutes a barrier; to circumvent someone or something in order to get one's way. We knew she would oppose us, so we got around her and got it approved by someone else. I know I can find a way to get around the rule.
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get around something

to find a way to avoid a problem He was trying to get around paying tax on that income.
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get around

1. Also, get round. Circumvent or evade, as in He managed to get around the rules for visiting hours. [Late 1800s]
2. Also, get round. Convince or win over by flattery or cajoling, as in Karen knew just how to get around her father, or I'll try to get round him but I'm not sure it'll work. [Mid-1800s]
3. Travel from place to place; also, be active socially. For example, It's hard to get around without a car, or Mary is never without a date-she really gets around. [First half of 1900s] Also see get about, def. 1.
4. Become known, circulate, as in Reports of her resignation got around quickly. [c. 1950] Also see get about, def. 2.
5. get around to or get round to. Find the time or occasion for, as in Dean never gets around to cleaning up the garage. [Late 1800s]
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get around

v.
1. To travel from place to place in some region: I use a bicycle to get around my neighborhood. It is hard to get around town without a car.
2. To become known; circulate: The rumors got around quickly. It eventually got around that the movie star had been arrested.
3. To be known to many different people in different social settings: You certainly get around; you seem to know everybody!
4. Slang To engage in numerous amorous affairs with a variety of people; be promiscuous: The team captain really gets around.
5. To circumvent, avoid, or evade something: The debater managed to get around the real issues.
6. To cause someone to circumvent or evade something: Your advice got me around the problem easily.
7. To do something when the right opportunity arises or when it is convenient: I haven't gotten around to finishing my schoolwork yet. Eventually we'll get around to building a new balcony.
8. To convince someone; change someone's mind: My friends' constant pleas finally got me around to joining them on their trip.
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And an onerous tax code promises to get only more onerous whenever Sacramento ever gets around to approving a new budget.
When Steve finally gets around to meeting the prospective bride's parents, he's in the middle of a complex mission, trying to keep a nuclear submarine from falling into the hands of a French smuggler (David Suchet).
Word gets around, and we're becoming known for that.
After forever, the movie finally gets around to what might be called the ``Mulholland Drive'' moment, when all three principals act upon their desires to varying degrees of dissatisfaction.
Also like Williams, Bursey usually gets around 30 carries and there aren't many trick plays.
The 50-minute movie finally gets around to some cute panda footage in its final minutes, mostly of them lolling around, eating bamboo and wrestling with one another.
Although quotas are illegal, the Los Angeles Police Protective League charges that the city's Police Department gets around the law with a backdoor ticket quota system.
If he gets around to naming someone after Ross Porter, the show should be shut down; actually, the X-Files should probably already be closed by now.
He gets around by keying on her voice and her footsteps.