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call around

1. To call multiple places or people to try to get information about something. Oh, thank goodness you're OK! I've been calling around trying to find out where you were! I have no idea why the street is closed, but I'll call around and get some answers.
2. To invite someone to one's home. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "call" and "around." I do want Bill to see our new place! I've called him around many times, but he's always busy.
See also: around, call

call around (about someone or something)

to telephone a number of different people in succession about something. I'll call around about Tom and see if I can find out anything.
See also: around, call

call around

v.
1. To telephone several people, usually to get or give some information: I called around to all the hospitals trying to locate my injured friend.
2. To invite someone for a visit, especially by calling them on the telephone: I've been trying to call you around for dinner, but you never seem to be home!
See also: around, call
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A police spokeswoman said: "Police were called around 8.
A South Wales Police spokeswoman said: "I can confirm that we were called around 10.
ARE -HH HH-Water gushing everywhere All I could do was stand and stare The stopcock I could not reach Help I need I do beseech A call for help to repair Was put on hold to my despair All I could do was stand and cry But my priority was getting dry In the bedroom I went and fell All I could say was "Bloody Hell" An emergency call I had to send Care call came to save and mend My saviours said I could not stay But we will help you if we may They got on the phone and called around Until a care home they had found To Mandale House I have come And this is now my happy home Everyone here is helpful and kind That has given me peace of mind
A female voice has called around 10:25 am, according to the Interior Ministry's press center.
Officers were called around 5pm over concerns about the girl and spent an hour trying to track her down.
A spokesman for Scottish Ambulance Service said: "We were called around 8.
Python, which is one of the largest species of snakes, was found wrapped around a broom before deputies were called around 11 am to take away the reptile.
Fire crews tackled a mystery blaze at the busy railway station after being called around 9.
The cops were called around to her Hollywood pad after reports it had been broken into.
Its 35 dancers are in rehearsals for a new production called Around the World in 80 Minutes.
Local historian Edna Handley will be giving a talk called Around Solihull Village featuring slides taken from Solihull postcards 100 years ago.
The show is called Around the World by Human Power - Part 1: Pedalling to Hawaii, and takes place on November 25, at 7.
Surrell called around to several companies but wasn't having much luck.
When I called around to a few Promise Keepers earlier in the day to make sure they'd be on hand for the question and answer period, I was appalled to learn that no one in their group had been invited to take part in this supposedly broadened debate.
As I called around the City Hall and county offices in the days before, everyone was talking about how the ``NFL needs Los Angeles,'' and that the Coliseum could be ready for a team by 2006.