crowd around (someone or something)

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crowd around (someone or something)

To gather around someone or something. The kids all crowded around the teacher for story time. Good luck getting any food with so many people crowding around the buffet!
See also: around, crowd
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crowd around someone or something

to flock or swarm around someone or something. The children crowded around the department store Santa, eager for their chance at talking to him. Everyone crowded around the radio to listen.
See also: around, crowd
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
"Didn't I say you were Ojo the Lucky?" asked the Tin Woodman, as everyone crowded around to shake Ojo's hand.
Most mellifluously did he purr as we crowded around to stroke him; with friendly joy he licked our hands with his little red tongue; poor Paddy was a thankful cat; he was no longer lost, starving, imprisoned, helpless; he was with his comrades once more and he was going home--home to his old familiar haunts of orchard and dairy and granary, to his daily rations of new milk and cream, to the cosy corner of his own fireside.
Yet I am not speaking of the hungry, restless folk who, by scores nay, even by hundreds--could be seen crowded around the gaming-tables.
The children crowded around Grandfather and looked earnestly into his face.
Thus he shouted, and all crowded around, laughing, while the brown ale flowed; and they called Little John a brave fellow, each swearing that he loved him as his own brother; for when one has entertainment with nothing to pay, one loves the man that gives it to one.
A pack of ragged Portuguese muleteers crowded around us, offering their beasts at half a dollar an hour--more rascality to the stranger, for the market price is sixteen cents.
The others crowded around him, and even two who had hold of Gurth relaxed their grasp while they stretched their necks to see the issue of the search.
Now when the folk found what a simple butcher he was, they crowded around his cart; for he really did sell three times as much for one penny as was sold by the other butchers.
Some men crowded around him and tried to get him to shut up, but he wouldn't; they told him it would be one o'clock in about fifteen min- utes, and so he MUST go home -- he must go right away.
A hack now drove to the door, and the friendly family who had received the fugitives crowded around them with farewell greetings.
Tsai crossed light sabers with Darth Vader, while other fans from Taiwan and overseas, some of them dressed up as other Star Wars characters, crowded around them to shout 'May the Force Be With You' with her.
"I woke up at around 7 am and saw many people crowded around the latrine.
I think of the words I heard while crowded around my family's black-and-white television set when Neil Armstrong climbed off Apollo 11 and on to the surface of the moon: 'One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.' Our astronauts' individual actions were ordinary--but the implications were extraordinary.
Hundreds of people crowded around Dundalk courthouse to pay their respects to Yosuke Sasaki, who was killed in the Co Louth town last Wednesday.
Others crowded around closed-circuit TVs in the concession area.