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make (one's)/the rounds

1. Of a doctor or nurse in a hospital, to visit each hospitalized patient assigned to them. In this usage, "the" or a pronoun has to be used between "make" and "rounds." Dr. Murphy is making her rounds right now. I think she's with the patient in room 21.
2. To circulate through a group or place. Oh, I'm just making my rounds, but I'll be back to chat some more before the night is over. All the big news makes the rounds after homeroom, and everyone has the most current gossip by lunch.
3. To go from place to place. While working on my novel, I've been making the rounds through all the coffee shops in town.
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make the rounds

1. To be disseminated, distributed, or passed around. That rumor has been making the rounds since September. There's no truth to it, though. That story made the rounds in the press for a while, but eventually people got tired of it.
2. To visit or engage with many or all of a certain group of things of people. We made the rounds and hit every shop in town while Christmas shopping. Please make the rounds at the end of the night to make sure all the stations are clean.
See also: make, round

make the rounds

1. Follow a given circuit, as in The watchman makes the rounds every hour, or The gossip soon made the rounds of the school. Versions of this expression, such as go the rounds, follow the rounds, march the rounds, date from about 1600.
2. make rounds. Visit each hospitalized patient who is under the care of a specific physician, as in The surgery residents make rounds with their chief every morning. [c. 1900]
See also: make, round
References in classic literature ?
It was a squad of the king's police, which was making the rounds, by order of Messire Robert d'Estouteville, guard of the provostship of Paris.
You see, in election time local politicians, aspirants for office, have a way of making the rounds of the saloons to get votes.
Most likely they've already looked at all the antiques, and now they're making the round of the studios of the new people, the German humbug, and the cracked Pre-Raphaelite English fellow, and have only come to me to make the point of view complete," he thought.
His eyes, making the round of the room--done over by Dallas with English mezzotints, Chippendale cabinets, bits of chosen blue-and-white and pleasantly shaded electric lamps--came back to the old Eastlake writing- table that he had never been willing to banish, and to his first photograph of May, which still kept its place beside his inkstand.
When reports started making the rounds that Kanye West actually sat down with Kris Jenner for an hour long interview on her daytime talk show 'Kris', we thought it was a piece of fan-fiction.
It's a NASA parody music video making the rounds online, and it's a big hit at the US space agency.
The new rumours making the rounds on the Internet show how the iPhone 5 may look like, from a sort of final assembly of the device from the leaked parts.
CDATA[ aWife beating according to the Koran,a a film from 2005, is a making the rounds again in the Middle East.
SAUGUS -- A well-worn scam aimed at fleecing individuals of identifying information is making the rounds of local mailboxes again.
Are the purported bootleg Rancid at Tavarua CDs making the rounds actually the tracks recorded at Tony Hawk's wedding?
Legler recounts a joke making the rounds when she was there: "How do you get a woman in Antarctica?
Towey has apparently been making the rounds on the conservative Catholic lecture circuit recently.
Since last spring, news of a possible North Bay track has been making the rounds on the racing simulcast network as far south as Georgia, says Fudge.
An e-mail has been making the rounds suggesting that the Black Heritage Series stamps issued by the United States Postal Service was about to be discontinued and all the inventory destroyed.
A FEW YEARS ago, a so-called "secondary virginity" campaign was making the rounds in high schools and on university campuses.