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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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So far, the response to our rallying calls around the town has been really enthusiastic," said Nuala.
United Utilities said they began receiving calls around 8am yesterday from residents saying that they either had no water or just a trickle from their taps.
He made about 12 calls around the time of the collision, which happened after he finished his shift at Southsea police station, near Portsmouth, Hants, at 3am on July 13, 2008.
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.
His idea came from disgruntled voters last fall who were sick and tired of all the phone calls around election time.
On the worst evening so far operators took 200 calls around 5am, compared to the average 50 expected calls, on January 27.
In Wednesday night's episode, nightclub boss Carol is forced to hide lover Floyd when fiancee Shay calls around to her flat unexpectedly.
Back for a second year is ``Ask This Old House,'' a road show with the experts answering house calls around the country.
Denyse Fredrikkson, ombudsperson for Maryland's Child Welfare Services, said, "We saw an increase in calls around the winter holidays last year, and we heard from many parents who were not familiar with this law.
TELECOMS group Vodafone was the most successful operator at connecting mobile phone calls around Wales in a six-month period this year, according to a new survey by communications watchdog Oftel.
CHP officers escorted the man home after receiving numerous calls around 1 a.
Customers can simply connect their Ojo personal video phone to their broadband networks to experience true-to-life video phone calls around the world.
The consumers will be able to connect their Ojo to the broadband network after registering their Ojo service to experience true-to-life video phone calls around the world.
IPeerX provides VoIP peering services to link IP communications networks and route calls around the more expensive Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN).
Designed to work with Skype and other instant message services with voice capabilities, the USB Internet phone will allow users to make free calls around the world using their PC and broadband Internet connection.