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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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