cluster around

cluster around (someone or something)

1. To gather around someone or something. The kids clustered around the clown to watch him make balloon animals.
2. To position someone or something around someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "cluster" and "around." Mom clustered the kids around the clown so that they could all see him make balloon animals. Now we need to cluster the purple flowers around the white ones.
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cluster someone or something around someone or something

to bunch people or things together around someone or something. She clustered the cups around the punch bowl. Karen clustered the children around the fire.
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cluster around someone or something

[for a group of people or things] to bunch together, surrounding someone or something. The birds clustered around the chimney top to keep warm. The kids clustered around the police officer.
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Construction of an innovation cluster around Nazarbayev University will begin next year, rector of Nazarbayev University Shigeo Katsu told a press conference after signing of a memorandum of cooperation between JSC "Samruk-Kazyna" and Nazarbayev University.
These are small lumps that appear either on their own or as a small cluster around the genital or anal area.
Having already accepted the case for a tall building cluster around Princes Dock, English Heritage object to the second cluster in the Central Docks, miles from the Pier Head.
One oddity was discovered in 2009, when researchers led by Caltech professor of planetary science Oded Aharonson found that Titan's methane lakes tend to cluster around its poles-and noted that there are more lakes in the northern hemisphere than in the south.
AFTERMATH Emergency workers cluster around the car following the accident which killed a woman at Corbridge in Northumberland yesterday
Lobbies cluster around Capitol Hill like ants around an ant hill, scurrying, buttonholing, importuning, occasionally giving testimony, always currying favor to preserve or augment their place in the sun if not their share of all those lovely federal spending goodies threatened of late by the budget-cutters' ax.
For now, the silent males cluster around the few remaining chirpers in order to meet female crickets.
They tend to cluster around genes involved in a mammal's development and growth, the team reports.
The physical compression of the trench culminates in the release of the galleries that nudge and cluster around the triangular courtyard.
Ambrose the rooster keeps watch from the front porch and Elvis the chicken clucks a welcome, while dogs Rover, Kaylee and Madie cluster around the gate.
As the cluster around the university develops, companies that are not connected to the university gradually get a bigger share of the action.
The complex's eight new and three renovated buildings cluster around a central, 3.
It's late on a blustery Wednesday evening and a bunch of eager kids of varying ages, sizes, and dance abilities cluster around David Dorfman in the refurbished basement studio of Brooklyn's Berkeley Carroll School.
There's already a medical cluster around Minnesota's Twin Cities, for example, called Medical Alley.
As described in Orwell's 1984, the "Two Minutes Hate" was observed daily by the residents of totalitarian Oceania who would cluster around the "telescreen" to participate in a media-abetted orgy of vilification.