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fly around

To move through the air around someone or something (who may or may not be mentioned specifically after "around"). Ugh, there are so many mosquitos flying around tonight! Why are so many gnats flying around us all of a sudden?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

fly around someone or something

to soar or float in the air near someone or something. We saw seven helicopters flying around the stadium. A bunch of mosquitoes flew around me.
See also: around, fly

fly around

to soar or float aloft randomly. There were insects flying around everywhere. Planes flew around all day and all night, making it hard to sleep.
See also: around, fly
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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He flew around with a great whir of his wings and settled upon a large ram, with the intention of carrying him off, but his claws became entangled in the ram's fleece and he was not able to release himself, although he fluttered with his feathers as much as he could.
But no sooner down than up again, and a second and a third time and countless times he flew around the circle.
The condors flew around them in wide circles, their flight growing gradually closer and closer to the balloon.
She ran to the door; he was not in sight; she flew around to the play-yard; he was not there.
These chunks rattled together as his legs flew around, and every little while they fell clattering to the floor and were slipped upon by the other dancers.
"I flew about beneath the green palms and the blossoming almond-trees," sang the Canary; "I flew around, with my brothers and sisters, over the beautiful flowers, and over the glassy lakes, where the bright water-plants nodded to me from below.
Instead of troubling to answer him Peter flew around the room, taking the mantelpiece on the way.
Later again, one of the mountain's sides was clean and clear, and another side densely clothed from base to summit in thick smokelike cloud which feathered off and flew around the shaft's sharp edge like the smoke around the corners of a burning building.
And the wild winds flew around, sobbing in their dismay.
"I flew around like mad to get ready, and before forty- eight hours I was crossing the Channel to show myself to my employers, and sign the contract.
These amazing photos show the king of the jungle clawing at the bird as it flew around its cage in Adelaide Zoo in Australia.
Lynsey Khatau, 23, pictured, told how she fled with her young son and her husband as bullets flew around them.
THE BUSY BEE I watched him as he flew around, Collecting nectar as he did his round Spreading the pollen well I thought, As for nectar he very carefully sought.
According to the release, a man in a jet pack appeared from the center of the billboard and flew around for a half-minute before landing in front on a dock.
Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba asked Russia on Friday not to take ''provocative'' military action, a day after its bombers flew around Japan.