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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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