around (someone or something)

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around (someone or something)

1. Encircling someone or something. You guys don't all need to stand around me—back up! Police moved into positions around the building to prevent the suspects from escaping.
2. Close to a particular person, place, or thing. I haven't lived around here for very long, so I don't know where any of the good restaurants are. I've been around Asher long enough to know when he's saying something just to be provocative.
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*around someone or something

1. enclosing someone or something. (*Typically: be ~; go ~; circle ~.) The white picket fence is around the house and the yard. Jimmy was crying loudly. A ring of children circled around him, singing "Happy Birthday."
2. near someone or something in this vicinity. (*Typically: be ~; hang ~; live ~.) How long have you been around here? I don't like people like that hanging around me.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


/round the clock
Throughout the entire 24 hours of the day; continuously.
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Five or six of the fishermen had gathered around him. There were at least thirty of them about, sinewy, powerful men.
So he walked forward to the tree, but just as he came under the first branches they bent down and twined around him, and the next minute he was raised from the ground and flung headlong among his fellow travelers.
For it is not so much that we know Caravaggio was not the only artist around but merely deal with him because he is so interesting; rather, we subtly dismiss the other artists around him. Maryvelma Smith O'Neil enters headlong into these historiographical quandaries by treating the event that made Baglione the butt of historians' jokes, the libel trial he instigated against Caravaggio which gave us the irascible Lombard artist's famous one-liner: "I don't know of any painter who thinks that Giovanni Baglione is a good painter." It is a curious situation to face, when we know that contemporary writing was riddled with rhetorical tropes and yet take Caravaggio's statements as an untarnished record of an underdog fighting the art establishment.