ring around (someone or something)

ring around (someone or something)

To form a circle around someone or something We ringed around the ancient tree to protect it from the woodcutters. A group of fans ringed around the celebrity, asking for autographs and reaching out for a hand shake.
See also: around, ring

ring around something

to circle something. The children ringed around the maypole, dancing and singing. The mourners had ringed around the coffin for the final ceremony.
See also: around, ring