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gather (a)round (someone or something)

1. To convene or assemble around a particular person or thing. All of the kids eagerly gathered around Santa Claus. Come on, fellas, gather round the campfire!
2. To cause people to convene or assemble around oneself or a particular person or thing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "gather" and "(a)round." Santa Claus gathered all of the children around himself to hand out gifts. Please gather everyone around the campfire.
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gather a case

To compile evidence that supports an argument or charges against someone or something. The job of the prosecutor is to gather a case to prove that the defendant is guilty. We're trying to gather a case because many employees have been wrongly terminated by the company.
See also: case, gather

gather dust

To be unused or forgotten, especially for a long period of time. My writing skills have been gathering dust ever since I got this job in the IT department. My grandfather still insists on writing letters by hand, while the laptop I got him gathers dust in the corner of the kitchen.
See also: dust, gather

gather in

To bring someone or something in to some place or thing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "gather" and "in." Gather in the kids and I'll get the cake. The CEO's receptionist gathered us in for the meeting.
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gather rosebuds

To act and enjoy oneself now, before one's situation changes. The phrase refers to Robert Herrick's 17th-century poem "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time," which contains the line, "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may." Gather rosebuds now, because you never know what tomorrow will bring. Youth is a fleeting thing, so gather rosebuds while you can.
See also: gather, rosebud

gather together

1. To group together in one place or thing. Gather together in the conference room—Dave will be here in a minute.
2. To group someone or something in one place or thing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "group" and "together." Gather the kids together in the playroom, and I'll bring in the cake. I gathered my books together and left the library.
See also: gather, together

gather up

1. To collect or assemble certain things. A noun or pronoun can be used between "gather" and "up." Gather up your toys now—it's time for us to leave. I gathered the plates up and brought them into the kitchen.
2. To bunch in a particular place, often as of fabric. If you ironed that shirt, the fabric wouldn't gather up like that.
See also: gather, up

gather way

nautical To begin moving. The ship is gathering way. Do you think we'll be able to outpace the storm?
See also: gather, way

gathering clouds

A sign of impending trouble or danger. (The "clouds" refer to storm clouds.) There have been gathering clouds in the city for months—I'm nervous that a riot will erupt soon.
See also: cloud, gathering

gathering string

Collecting and assembling details for a story. I have a broad idea of what I want my article to be about, but I'm still in the process of gathering string.
See also: gathering, string

go gathering orange blossoms

To look for a wife. The phrase refers to the frequent use of orange blossoms as wedding decorations symbolizing the bride's innocence. I'm quite certain that Sir Andrew went to town to go gathering orange blossoms, so we'd best get ready for a wedding!
See also: blossom, gathering, go, orange
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

gather a case

(against someone) Go to build a case (against someone).
See also: case, gather

gather dust

Fig. [for something] to sit unused for a long time. Most of my talent is just gathering dust because I don't really have an opportunity to perform.
See also: dust, gather

gather someone or something together

to assemble people or things together in one place. Gather every one together in the drawing room for a meeting. Please gather together all the suspects so that they can be questioned again. Would you gather all your papers together and put them away?
See also: gather, together

gather something up

to collect something; to pick something up. Let's gather our things up and go. Please gather up your things.
See also: gather, up

gather together

to assemble together. We will gather together on the main deck for a meeting. Let's all gather together this evening and sing.
See also: gather, together
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

gather dust

COMMON If something gathers dust, it is not used or dealt with for a very long time. The report has been gathering dust on a shelf. She swam in the pool every morning and used the treadmill that had been gathering dust.
See also: dust, gather
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

gather (or collect) dust

remain unused.
See also: dust, gather
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

gather ˈdust

(of plans, recommendations, etc.) be forgotten or ignored: As usual the report was left to gather dust and not dealt with by the authorities for years.
See also: dust, gather
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

gather up

1. To bring together or collect something that is distributed or scattered: I gathered up my dress and stepped over the puddle. I gathered the papers up and put them in my briefcase.
2. To come together or be more concentrated in one place: The cloth gathers up at the hem of this dress.
See also: gather, up
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Adhoc said some local officials still require people to request permission before holding gatherings, despite this being contrary to a directive issued by Minister of Interior Sar Kheng.
'Special arrangements were ensured around the public gathering venue so that the traffic flow remains smooth during the event,' he said adding that separate entry points were established for men and women at the venue.
Long fabric strips are converted into ruffles by sewing a gathering or long basting stitch along one fabric long edge, and then pulling the long thread tail to create fullness.
On the same day, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is slated to attend another gathering organised by the Human Rights Commission in conjunction with International Human Rights Day that falls on December 10.
The Ohio Gathering Assets consist of two dry natural gas gathering systems, known as Olympus and Strike Force.
She is a college student, who travelled to Peshawar to take part in preparations for the April 8 gathering of PTM.
KARACHI -- The PIB group and Bahadurabad group of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Pakistan failed to gather large crowds for their separate gatherings on the 34th foundation day of the party despite using heavy resources.
Ace Gathering provides gathering and reclamation services through two separate wholly-owned subsidiaries, Ace Gathering, Inc.
'We learnt that some cult members were gathering at Wadatta and we have drafted security men to the area.'
Duterte, currently the acting mayor after her sister Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, took an official leave of absence, told reporters on Thursday, that he has ordered the police and military to beef up security and intensify intelligence gathering to avert possible attacks from the international terror group.
The Department of Transportation's (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the federal agency charged with administering the nation's pipeline safety program, published a long-awaited notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for gas transmission and gathering pipelines.
Project name: KOC (Kuwait Oil Copany) Budget: $2.5 billion Facility type: Gas Gathering Centre Sector: Gas Status: Engineering & Procurement Location: Northern Kuwait PMC: AMEC Feed: AMEC Main Contractor: Larsen & Toubro, Dodsal, PetrofacProject background KOC is on track to create Gathering Centres 29, 30 and 31.
by CiZabihullah Ihsas on 25 May, 2014 - 18:02 MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Civil society activists on Sunday held a gathering in the capital of northern Balkh and highlighted the importance of the runoff presidential elections due on June 14.
Baghdad (NINA) - 17 Persons killed and wounded in the car bomb explosion near mourners' gathering in Raghiba Khatoon, Adhamiya district, in northern Baghdad.
Popular annual cultural events including the Galway Arts Festival, the Cork Jazz Festival and the Dingle Tradfest are all incorporating the sprit of 'gathering.' Other gatherings include busking gatherings and blacksmith gatherings, scientist gatherings and a spiritual gathering in Donegal in August.