have been around

have been around

to be experienced in life. (Use with caution since this can also be taken to mean to be promiscuous.) Ask Sally about how the government works. She's been around the state capital for years. They all know a lot about life. They've been around.
See also: around, been, have

have been around (a bit)

  (informal)
if someone has been around, they have had a lot of experience of life and know a lot of things She's been around a bit - she should know how to look after herself.
See also: around, been, have
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Drugs have been around for a long time as well, but I find alcohol much more interesting because it's legal, and culturally, it's a very large part of the Celtic and British identities--I wanted to look at something that was more plugged in and acceptable.
Yeah, it is a fickle business, and you put up a couple of good, strong races, and you have been around for six years, but suddenly everyone has opened their eyes to you again.
My friends have been around me and seen me kiss men.
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