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move around

1. To move in a continuous, aimless manner. I know you're still feeling woozy, but try moving around a little bit. Would you quit moving around in bed like that? I'm trying to sleep!
2. To cause or compel someone or something to move from one place or point to another. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "move" and "around." I rolled my ankle funny, Doc, and now it hurts to move it around. I wish you wouldn't move around the furniture like that—I have it decorated in a particular way! The teacher moves us around each month so that we sit next to different students throughout the year.
See also: around, move
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

move someone or something around

to move someone or something from place to place. I wish that the army would stop moving me around. I have moved ten times in eight years. Let's move the furniture around and see how this room looks.
See also: around, move

move around and move about

to move here and there a bit; to stir; to walk around a bit. Stay where you are. Don't move around at all! I wish you would stop moving about.
See also: and, around, move
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"Zounds, I thought as much when the wretch kept moving around the room.
So silently did they move that soon they saw through the windows of the houses, people moving around, while others were passing to and fro in the yards between the buildings.
But, as we have said, in the first ante-chamber he had stopped, solely for the sake of not mixing himself with all those happy beings he felt were moving around him in the adjacent salons.
“Now it blazes,” cried Elizabeth; “you can perceive figures moving around the light.
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Lindsay Judge of the Resolution Foundation, said: "Young people are moving around for new job opportunities far less frequently than they used to.
If Ruto isn't moving around, he has no business giving handouts.
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As the maximum aircraft wing span is limited by airport operating rules and gate sizes when planes are moving around at ground level at airports this has been put forward as a possible solution.
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She said that during the visit Christians from all over the world will watch the Pope moving around in an open-air vehicle, and they will learn about the security and stability of Palestine.
By moving around each year it helps to connect Wales.
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I love how sculpture makes you keep moving around it--animal hip
The train is activated by a capability switch (not included) that starts the train moving around the track for 15 seconds while the railroad crossing lights blink and the song "Coming Around The Mountain" plays.