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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 envelope 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 ?
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.
THE wife of a man who was pulled from the sea after an empty speedboat was spotted circling around off the Aberystwyth coast has paid tribute to his best friend, who died.
Dressing quickly, I grabbed my Mathews Z7 and began my stalk, circling around and climbing to the ridge above him.
ALAN CURBISHLEY admits the vultures are circling around West Ham before a ball has even been kicked.
Are the Houses Circling Around Us, or Are We Circling Around the Houses?
Seeing the reef sharks slowly circling around us is something none of us will soon forget.
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.
Internally a spiralling ramp ascends within the dome, rising above the lavatories and bar, circling around the cafe's centralized kitchen, and creating areas for seating, dining and socializing en route.
In PSFT options pits today, options players are circling around the front-month 22.
1 : winding or circling around a center and gradually getting closer to or farther away from it <a spiral seashell>
ALAN CURBISHLEY believes the "vultures" are already circling around West Ham before a ball has been kicked.
The catch came with the tying run Chris Palma circling around second base and definitely headed home if the ball had gotten past Arroyo.
Kaiten Sushi in Encino features boats that are chained together and keep circling around in front of you.
Alford made several abrupt U-turns amid rush-hour traffic on boulevards, in one case circling around completely on Sepulveda Boulevard as pursuing police cars struggled to track the bizarre moves.
They were in a real tight group just circling around.