build around

build around (someone or something)

1. Literally, to construct something around a particular area or thing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "build" and "around." When our kids were little, we built a fence around our pool so that they wouldn't be able to access it.
2. By extension, to create or develop something with a focus on a particular person or idea. A noun or pronoun can be used between "build" and "around." I can't believe they've decided to build the whole football team around that overpaid oaf.
See also: around, build

build around

v.
1. To construct or develop something that surrounds or avoids something else: They built the highway around the center of town. If we build a fence around the plants, the goats won't be able to eat them.
2. To develop something based on someone or something: The story is built around two characters. I built my bookstore around the idea that people like to browse before they buy anything.
See also: around, build
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Brazil's Vale SA, the world's biggest iron producer, is in talks with Chinese shipbuilders and leasing companies to build around 50 giant bulk carriers that would move iron ore from Brazil to China, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said last Wednesday.
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Moreover, this knowledge easily extends to corporate interiors and residential buildouts where we often build around employees and residents.
And so we strip away our self-deceptions and the wails we build around ourselves.
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We recognize the need to build around programming as television does.