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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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The Solihull branch of the RNLI collected pounds 1,514 following a series of house-to-house calls around the borough and a total of pounds 1,860 during a recent awareness day in Mell Square shopping centre where the centre of attraction was a lifeboat.
CircPort OnPremise now takes all the Chronicle's in-bound circulation call center calls around the clock for delivery problems, vacation stops and starts, and account inquiries.
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