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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 or pronoun 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 ?
Further, I--or John Barleycorn, for it was the same thing--told Scotty that he might be a deep-sea sailor and know the last rope on the great deep-sea ships, but that when it came to small-boat sailing I could beat him hands down and sail circles around him.
Known as "the panda of the sea" for the distinctive black circles around its eyes, the vaquita has been decimated by gillnets used to fish for another species, the also endangered totoaba fish.
'The thing that he does when he circles around and pivots that what he should do against Matthysse who doesn't move around the ring as well as sir Manny does.'
In late September, (https://mic.com/articles/155228/trump-lost-the-presidential-debate-and-the-votes-of-makeup-lovers-everywhere#.o0jm40ABy) Mic even ran a story on how makeup lovers were not pleased with the the odd combination of the brownish orange shade of powder on Trump's face and the pasty shade of white circles around his eyes.
TOKYO, Oct 24, 2016 - (ACN Newswire) - Showa Denko ("SDK"; TSE:4004) has discovered that its "TPNa(TM)" water-soluble vitamin E derivative, which SDK sells as an ingredient for cosmetics, is effective in improving dark circles around eyes.
CIRCLES AROUND THE SUN: IN SEARCH OF A LOST BROTHER tells of the author's brother, fourteen years her senior, who descended into paranoid schizophrenia when she was a young girl.
They set up a golf hole on a ramp and used a projector to shine a ring of circles around the hole.
Kendrick Lamar will rap circles around you, but Schoolboy Q will punch a hole in your chest and make a funny joke about it.
The fencing was mounted on steel T-posts in 28' diameter circles around tripod-style deer feeders.
The letter that circles around the northern part of Mitrovica held Wednesday Kosovo's entire state leadership, ambassadors, diplomats and other international structures under tension.
Her husband, Martin, 64, is known locally for his five-year campaign to embarrass the council into improving road surfaces by painting yellow circles around potholes to alert drivers of the danger.
Dark circles around the moon are more common than you realize.
Yet she still runs circles around two-year-old stablemate April, who is a lofty 4ft 8in.
The dancers maintain this rhythm (typically, with one partner's left hand clasping the other's right) as they navigate through turns--side to side, behind the back, or with one partner on bended knee, hand held out like a compass as the other literally dances circles around him.
The camera circles around them, coming in closer for a more intimate view, then pulling back to a more detached distance, while always maintaining a constant and therefore mechanistic circumambulatory pace, as if some purely scientific interest in these outlandish and comical creatures, these humans, were mixed with a more prurient fascination.