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around (someone or something)

1. Encircling someone or something. You guys don't all need to stand around me—back up! Police moved into positions around the building to prevent the suspects from escaping.
2. Close to a particular person, place, or thing. I haven't lived around here for very long, so I don't know where any of the good restaurants are. I've been around Asher long enough to know when he's saying something just to be provocative.
See also: around

up and around

Moving around, especially after a period of injury, illness, or inactivity. After months in a cast, I'm finally up and around again, thank goodness! The surgery went very well, and the doctor is optimistic that she'll be up and around soon. We're all thrilled to be up and around after seven hours on a bus!
See also: and, around, up
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*around someone or something

1. enclosing someone or something. (*Typically: be ~; go ~; circle ~.) The white picket fence is around the house and the yard. Jimmy was crying loudly. A ring of children circled around him, singing "Happy Birthday."
2. near someone or something in this vicinity. (*Typically: be ~; hang ~; live ~.) How long have you been around here? I don't like people like that hanging around me.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


/round the clock
Throughout the entire 24 hours of the day; continuously.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.