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ring around

1. 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.
2. To call a number of different people or organizations on the phone, especially to get certain information or try to organize something. I'm ringing around to different plumbers to see who can do the job for the least amount of money. Let's ring around and see if any of our friends want to go camping this weekend.
See also: around, ring
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The cameras were ringed around towns and linked into local authority CCTV networks.
The orchestra had been augmented from chamber to symphony size for this concert, with the percussion and heavy brass ringed around the back of the strings and woodwind, and they were off to an exuberant start with Antonin Dvorak's life-affirming Carnival Overture.
It stands on a headland between the sandy beaches of Harlyn and Constantine Bays, four miles west of Padstow, and you'll stay in one of the semi-detached cottages ringed around the lighthouse in the middle.
Curious onlookers ringed around, a couple or so deep going up five levels in the Pavilions-style design, as McLeish was invited to chat with MC Sarah Lee and Hong Kong coach Tsang Wai Chung.
We ringed around the living room supporting heaped plates on our laps, glasses of red wine hovering, chatting away between bites of mystery meat.
He was a familiar voice on Radio 4 and,during his career,probably ringed around 40,000 birds!
Ryder Cup team's sportsmanship in their 1999 golf match: "Wait until Team Europe goes to Detroit for the 2003 Ryder Cup match and meets the Automobile Union Workers Union ringed around the greens."
"We have received lengthy and learned theses on individual hymns, carefully itemized anecdotal resumes of congregational favourites and, occasionally, what resembles a bingo card (not that commissioners would recognize such an item) -- a sequence of numbers, several of which have been ringed around," Bell told the Assembly.