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circle around

1. To move in a circular path, perhaps to come back to one's original location. A specific person or thing does not have to be stated after "around" to convey this meaning. Does anyone know why helicopters are circling around outside our building? I can't wait for you here because I'm blocking traffic—I'll have to circle around.
2. To move something in a circular path. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is often used between "circle" and "around." Take this tray of hors d'oeuvres and circle it around to all the people sitting in the living room.
3. To form a circle around someone or something. The shower guests circled around the bride-to-be as she opened presents. The kids circled around the newly hatched chicks in awe.
4. To focus on someone or something. But it's Beth's surprise party, not yours, so all the decorations and games should circle around her and her alone.
5. To occur again in the usual pattern or schedule. I am so ready for summer to circle around again because I hate the cold!
6. To envelop someone or something in something, often a material. In this usage, a noun is often used between "circle" and "around." Now circle that piece of fabric around the mannequin like this.
See also: around, circle

circle around (over someone or something)

[for a plane or a bird] to fly around above someone, something, or some place. The plane circled around over us for a few minutes and then went on. It circled around over the field.
See also: around, circle

circle around

v.
1. To proceed in a circle around someone or something: We circled around the block until they were ready to be picked up.
2. To move something in a circle around someone or something: We circled the dish around the table so everyone could try some.
3. To wrap or place something in a circle around someone or something: We circled the ribbon around the pole.
4. To form a circle around someone or something: The children circled around the storyteller.
5. To proceed in a circle: The plane circled around until it was cleared for landing.
6. To be centered around someone or something: These movie stars think everything circles around them.
7. To come by way of rotation: When the holiday season circles around, I want to have all my shopping done.
See also: around, circle
References in classic literature ?
The latter, crouching, circled around, and the referee circled with him, thrusting him back and keeping between him and the fallen man.
The heat from this mass and its poisonous smell were both so unbearable that even birds hesitated to fly over the gully, but circled around it.
Eyewitnesses described the animals as "going nuts" and foaming at the mouth as they circled around the pair and their two dogs.
General Musharraf was toured around the center where people circled around him and took pictures.
He had circled around and was standing 10 yards away.
"I've been a manager for nearly 20 years and I've had an easy life - the vultures have never circled around me and put the pressure on.
If the electrons could then be "cooled" and circled around to the first deflection magnet, they could be recycled many times to continue cooling the antiprotons.
As I moved around the small tree to try to gain a good angle for my photo, he circled around also.
Use around with circle when the context is dynamic ('The protesters continuously circled around the stadium'), but not when the context is static ('Police circled the hijacked plane')."
At one school dance earlier this year, a chaperon had to break up a group of guys circled around two girls kissing, according to other girls who were there."
The car then circled around and hit the victim again.
Two Moons, a Cheyenne chief, later said, "We circled around them, swirling like water 'round a stone."
When Platte County, Nebraska, supervisors threatened to prevent Sierra Club organizer Laura Krebsbach from testifying about the county's lack of zoning laws, Gronenthal and a dozen other farmers circled around Krebsbach and protectively herded her into the hearing room.
As one walked by or circled around the stela-like plinths, a head turned on its head (Silhouetten [fur Ernst Mach], 1992), the profile of Joseph Beuys changed into that of his hare (Metamorphose II, 1991-92), and "ceci (this) became "cela" (that) (Ceci/Cela, 1992-93), and so on.
Ian Bowles, 22, of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, was repeatedly caught in a police radar trap as he circled around the spa town.