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revolve around (someone or something)

1. To spin around or orbit someone or something. For centuries people assumed that the sun and moon revolved around the Earth. To think otherwise was considered heresy. The boxer revolved around his beleaguered opponent, wearing him down with a series of jabs and punches.
2. To focus one's concern or consideration solely on someone or something. It's inevitable that your lives are going to revolve around your kids, but you still need to try and maintain an identity of your own. The meeting largely revolved around rumors of potential layoffs.
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revolve around someone or something

 and revolve about someone or something 
1. Lit. to spin or move around someone or something. Do you think that the whole world revolves around you? The moon revolves about the earth.
2. Fig. [for people or things] to center upon someone or something or to be primarily concerned with someone or something. The way all of this is going to turn out revolves around Bob. The success of the picnic revolves around the weather.
See also: around, revolve

revolve around

1. To orbit around something: The planets revolve around the sun.
2. To be primarily concerned with something: This discussion will revolve around the causes of the problem. Not everything revolves around you, so stop thinking of yourself all the time!
See also: around, revolve
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The world doesn't revolve around anyone because it exists on its own.
The researchers suspect that the entire upper atmosphere may revolve around the planet, since the same waves would carry with them angular momentum from the clouds below.
It proposed that the sun, moon, planets, and stars revolve around a stationary earth.
Seen in this context, alcoholism treatment must focus not just on the drinking problem, but on developing a satisfying way of life that does not revolve around heavy drinking.
Social phobias" can revolve around specific situations or extend to most interpersonal encounters, says psychiatrist Thomas Uhde of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, Md.
Soon, Noel's younger brother is surpassing him on the ball field and, by high school, Noel's life seems to revolve around failed sexual encounters with girls his own age, underage drinking, and his stepfather's demonization of him.
That is, two stars revolve around each other inside the cloud, and the whole thing revolves around the primary star.
A variety of styles and forms is represented, but all revolve around New England.