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see around

1. Literally, to see what is in front of or on the other side of someone or something. I got stuck behind this giant guy at the concert, and I couldn't see around him the entire night! Can you see around the car ahead of us? Is there an accident up ahead or something?
2. To be able to perceive or understand that which has been obfuscated. He was trying to pass it off as an accident, but I could see around his ruse. We've got to learn to see around the government's propaganda.
3. To notice or recognize someone or something in the proximity or vicinity of something or some place. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "see" and "around." A: "Have you seen my keys recently?" B: "I think I saw them somewhere around the TV." A witness claims she saw the fugitive around the underpass of the highway leading out of town.
4. To notice or recognize someone in or around some place or places, especially often or regularly. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "see" and "around." I don't know his name, but I see him around campus quite a bit. She must be new to the company. I haven't seen her around before.
5. A casual farewell expression to someone else, whether or not one expects to see the other person again in the future. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "see" and "around," usually "you." A: "I'd better get going, Tom." B: "All right, Mark. See you around!" I was pretty ready for the date to be over, so thanked her for dinner, told her I would see her around, and hopped in a taxi to go home.
See also: around, see

see someone or something around something

to notice someone or something in the vicinity of something or near something. I saw the boys around the swings on the playground. Did you see my cat around the neighborhood anywhere?
See also: around, see

see around something

 
1. Lit. to see what is on the other side of or partially concealed by something. I could not see around the truck in front of me. Do you think I can see around corners?
2. Fig. to perceive someone's deception. I see around your trickery! We all see around your stated purpose!
See also: around, see

See you around.

Inf. I will see you again somewhere. Bob: Bye for now. Jane: See you around. Tom: See you around, Fred. Fred: Sure, Tom. See you.
See also: around, see
References in classic literature ?
The cup of life was poisoned forever, and although the sun shone upon me, as upon the happy and gay of heart, I saw around me nothing but a dense and frightful darkness, penetrated by no light but the glimmer of two eyes that glared upon me.
He could not be persuaded that so many goodlooking houses as he saw around him, could not furnish numbers enough for such a meeting; and even when particulars were given and families described, he was still unwilling to admit that the inconvenience of such a mixture would be any thing, or that there would be the smallest difficulty in every body's returning into their proper place the next morning.
Powell's open countenance must have appeared to her distinctly pleasing amongst the mature, rough, crabbed or even inimical faces she saw around her.
The Councillor supported his head on his hand, drew a long breath, and thought over all the wondrous things he saw around him.
But just then the moon, sailing through the black clouds, appeared behind the jagged crest of a beetling, pine-clad rock, and by its light I saw around us a ring of wolves, with white teeth and lolling red tongues, with long, sinewy limbs and shaggy hair.
"They made off with a black and grey handheld saw around 6.15am on Sunday.
Recently, I saw around 10 drug addicted people who were picking up garbage in the streets.
Sunday when he saw around 11 people playing cara y cruz.
A total of four men were arrested as the far-right group held the demonstration in the city centre which saw around 220 supporters turn out.
Speaking at the Russian Far East Bunker Supermarket conference in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in Russia Pankratyev said that in 2014 the Far East Russian bunker market saw around 8.145 million mt of bunker fuel sold compared with 17.13 million mt seen in all of Russia.
The market saw around a dozen stalls trading on The Glade area of Front Street.
The launch saw around a dozen stalls trading on The Glade area of Front Street.
Last year it raised PS7,000 and saw around 100 doctors and nurses from the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, which also runs Solihull Hospital and Good Hope, in Sutton Coldfield, taking part.
Con Shiels, who died on Boxing Day aged 96, was part of the crusade that saw around 200 unemployed men walk from Jarrow to London in 1936.
Police said the taxi driver saw around 12 youths standing on the side of the road shortly before the incident and afterwards they were seen running away in the direction of Trecenydd.