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carry around

1. To physically carry someone or something to many places; to tote someone or something around. A noun or pronoun can be used between "carry" and "around." After carrying a toddler around all day, my arms are pretty sore.
2. To keep something in one's possession (on one's person). A noun or pronoun can be used between "carry" and "around." I always carry a pen and paper around with me, in case I get an idea for a song when I'm away from home.
3. To retain a memory or feeling of closeness with one who has died. A noun or pronoun can be used between "carry" and "around." Because I had such a loving relationship with my grandmother, I feel like I've been carrying her around with me ever since she died.
4. To continue to retain some feeling, idea, or emotion. A noun or pronoun can be used between "carry" and "around." I hadn't spoken to my father in years, and now that he's dead, I've been carrying a lot of guilt around. She's been carrying her idea for a new business around for years, but she's never taken the steps to make it a reality.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

carry someone around

 (with oneself)
1. Lit. to be the source of transport for someone, usually a child. I'm tired of carrying this baby around with me everywhere. Can't I buy a baby carriage? I always carry around my child with me.
2. Fig. to have in mind the memory or a sense of presence of another person with oneself. I have been carrying my dead grandfather around with me for years. She carries around her brother with her in her memories.
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carry something around (with one)

to have something on one's person at all times. He carries a backpack around with him. Max carries around his checkbook with him.
See also: around, carry
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Laurence and Aunt March shrugged and smiled at one another when water, lemonade, and coffee were found to be to only sorts of nectar which the three Hebes carried around. No one said anything, till Laurie, who insisted on serving the bride, appeared before her, with a loaded salver in his hand and a puzzled expression on his face.
Summary: Tirumala (Andhra Pradesh) [India], Jun 16 (ANI): As the annual Jyeshta Abhishekam festival entered its second day on Saturday, the colossal effigy of Lord Balaji, Goddess Sridevi and Goddess Bhudevi adorned with pearls, was carried around the sacred streets near the Tirumala temple area.
Insulin should be kept between 2C and 8C (36F to 46F) in refrigerators to keep it at its best, or between 2C and 30C (30F to 86F) when carried around in a pen or vial, researchers said.
The youthful grandma carried around North who wore an all black outfit with a shirt, cropped leggings, sneakers and a pair of dark sunglasses.
NAME: Isaac APPEARANCE: White and grey tabby SPECIAL SKILLS: Quirky Isaac is never happier than when being carried around the house in a plastic bag - hey, we've all been there - so as soon as his people have emptied their shopping out of them he always jumps straight in.
KARACHI -- PIA has so far operated 100 Pre- Hajj Flights and carried around 40,300 intending Hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia with on time flight departures and arrivals.
Despite the fact Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf have only got one leg and half a pelvis each, they still haven't been given a wheelchair and have to be carried around by their parents.
"A lot of speakers in the market don't lend themselves to being easily carried around," Jawbone audio product management senior director Tim Pryde said after pulling a Mini from a suit jacket pocket.
THE large 'cheese graters' continue to be carried around the British Isles and then we have the Olympic Games.
The torch is to be carried around the UK in the run-up to the London Olympics next summer and the organisers say they are looking for 8,000 inspirational people to help carry the flame.
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Rashash Muslim al Hemdani, 12, had to be carried around by his family.
In an historic first for the ferry service all three vessels - Spirit of the Tyne, Pride of the Tyne and The Shieldsman - were in operation at the same time and carried around 7,000 passengers.
They allow for your picnic to be carried around safely without the danger of getting crushed and are great value for money.
PROPERTY magnate Fergus Wilson has spent the last few years seeing his colours carried around Cheltenham in the championship races without much joy, but while Sybellius d'Artaix has little hope according to the bookmakers, the owner may at least have a horse who is able to hold his own in a famous chase.