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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During a time when political tensions between India and Pakistan are at its peak, Socho is a thought provoking anthem that aims to break the walls of egos that we as nations have built around us. Haider portrays an idealistic world where there is no war and people resolve their issues through dialogue.
"When they were pulling down the houses they gave us new windows and doors to be in keeping with the new properties that would be built around us but why build around old houses?
Over the years this building we live in has stood tall and formidable compared to the ones built around us: Buildings built by Pakistan and Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, all built around the same time, but which fall again and again and again.
Sometimes, we are afraid to listen to their suffering for fear of eroding the wall of pretension that we have built around us," Tagle said during the recent observance of the second World Day of the Poor.
As the sixth Best Small Company to Work For (according to the 2017 Sunday Times Top 100 list) our people mean absolutely everything to us and I'm proud of the team we've built around us."
The first American film allowed to be screened in Iran after the revolution was the 1990 movie "Dances With Wolves," which was built around US Army mistreatment of American Indians.
"We have all been inconvenienced for the past five years while this has all been getting planned and built around us.
The former Israeli foreign minister said the international criticism of the settlements is a propaganda war in which Israel is losing, adding that every new settler unit "is another brick in the wall of isolation that is being built around us".
Globalisation 1.0 was built around US consumers and Chinese producers.
I remember the stage was built around us in the half-time break and we were in a little box with an elevator, we sprang up in the middle.
We had so little that we literally could not afford to have neither walls nor ceilings built around us. We had to grow, grow, grow."
So yeah, we've pretty much scene the city get built around us.
How to step out of the box, or boxes, we have built around us within our thinking patterns, through which we keep living in a constant repetition of one particular theme or frame of mind.
WITHOUT MEASURE 49, 22 SUBDIVISIONS WILL BE BUILT AROUND US, THREATENING OUR WATER AND OUR WAY OF LIFE." - Dayton farmer Tom Sweeney in a pro-Measure 49 ad.