build around (someone or something)

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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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Speaking in the commercial district of Ganta, Nimba County, he says the ANC will remain engaged and become one of the best political parties in Liberia, adding that the party is not just being built around one person, but all Liberians in making sure the current government headed by President George Manneh Weah does the right thing for the Liberian people.
The theory is built around one basic tenet, which concerns existence at a time--the relation between an object and the times at which that object is present, According to this tenet, which the author calls transcendentism, for an object to exist at a time is for it to participate in events that are located at that time.
Those who work at transformational companies have no problem in these situations; their cultures are built around one thing: fulfilling the mission statement.
Liverpool's resurgence after that desperate end to last season in the Europa League final hasn't been built around one man.
"He's not tried and tested as such, but he is a world-class athlete and, when you look at a World Cup, it's usually built around one player.
The Barkisland innings was also built around one excellent partnership, one of 95 between Scholefield and Northern Districts' ace Tim Seifert.
Nobody is passing value judgment on a party built around one personality.
"It is journalism and history built around one young man's memory, as refracted through a collapsed scheme to hide from trauma, torture, and shame.
The circular shaped amphitheatre has been built around one of Bahrain's most famous landmarks, the 400-year-old Tree of Life.
"I think we have missed him but I don't look for excuses because a team can't be built around one or two players," said Pressley, who hopes to have Frank Nouble and Conor Thomas back from injury.
The execution is built around one of the most famous travel destinations of the world - The Taj Mahal.
We elevate that personality to almost hero status, and in my opinion if you want a business or venture built around one personality, it works, but what happens when that personality is no longer in the picture?