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get aboutand get around
to manage to move around. I broke my hip last year, but I can still get about. Dad can't get around too much anymore, so I go over to help him.
1. Also get around. Move around, be active, especially after an illness. For example, At 85 Jean still gets around very well, or Arthritis makes it hard for him to get about. [Mid-1800s]
2. Become known, circulate, as in The news of her engagement got about very quickly. [Early 1800s] Also see get around, def. 4.
3. Be socially active, as in After her husband died, she didn't get about much for a year. Also see get around, def. 3 and 4.
To be out of bed and beginning to walk again, as after an illness: Many days passed after the heart operation before I was able to get about.