ask (someone) around

ask (someone) around

To ask someone to come visit one's house. I asked Mary around to watch a movie, but she was busy.
See also: around, ask

ask around

To try to find out information about something by asking a lot of different people. I've been asking around to see if anyone is prepared for our Biology final, and the consensus has been a firm "no." A: "Have you seen my book?" B: "No, but I'll ask around."
See also: around, ask