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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 ?
Then he tried to look at himself; but he had, indeed, no neck to turn; so that in the endeavor to see his body he kept circling around and around, without catching even a glimpse of it.
Circling around to the right and dropping down along the cattle-trails, he quested for another way back to Sonoma Valley; but the cattle-trails seemed to fade out, and the chaparral to grow thicker with a deliberate viciousness and even when he won through in places, the canon and small feeders were too precipitous for his horse, and turned him back.
The cows were going nuts, circling around them and getting closer and closer.
Last night, I went out to run a quick errand and saw a bunch of cars circling around one particular neighborhood.
After circling around north east Wales for around 20 minutes the plane landed safely at 2.42pm.
Circling around and making a lower flyby, he saw Haines in the act of hooking up his trailer and hauling it away.
Dressing quickly, I grabbed my Mathews Z7 and began my stalk, circling around and climbing to the ridge above him.
Circling around the world is a feat in itself, doing it with your entire family is an adventure.
ALAN CURBISHLEY admits the vultures are circling around West Ham before a ball has even been kicked.
Cough etiquette breaks the cycle Good cough etiquette will help stop a cold virus from circling around the office, school, or family.
The diminutive Dane is unlikely to hold the lead going into round three, though, as a number of players were circling around him, including Frenchman Christian Cevaer, who was six under par through six holes of his second round last night.
(Are the Houses Circling Around Us, or Are We Circling Around the Houses?), 1994, the words of the title that are written in red neon on horizontal slabs of slate invite viewers to circle the igloo of glass, which in turn houses another igloo made of stone.
The planet earth is a ball in space, circling around in the milky way.
Meanwhile, the vultures are circling around and some people already have their feet under the counting table.
Speculation had been circling around the club about the possibility of them going bankrupt, but an income tax bill of almost pounds 20,000 has now been paid.