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skate around

1. To move or travel from place to place on roller skates, ice skates, inline skates, or a skateboard, especially in an aimless or meandering manner. Tom and Jeff are skating around in the cul-de-sac. Why don't you head out there and join them? My mom still had some things to do in work before she was ready to drive us home, so I just skated around in front of her office building until she was done.
2. To avoid (someone or something) while moving on roller skates, ice skates, or a skateboard. Everyone just skated around the man who had fallen in the middle of the ice rink. I nearly fell off my board when I had to skate around the car that pulled out in front of me on the road.
3. To move or travel in one or more circles around (someone or something); to encircle (someone or something). I know it's your first time on the ice, so we're just going to skate around the edge of the rink for the time being. The group of bullies skated around me in a really intimidating way.
4. To avoid or evade (some issue or topic), as by circumlocution. Possibly a corruption of "skirt around (someone or something)." He always skates around the issue whenever I bring up pay raises for the people on my team. When asked about his role in the scandal, the CEO skated around the issue with a longwinded non sequitur about his loyalty to his company and its customers.
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skate around someone or something

 
1. to skate to one side or the other of someone or something. Somehow I managed to skate around the child without knocking her down. I skated around the tree limb and avoided an accident.
2. to circle someone or something while skating. The children skated around their instructor until she was satisfied with their form. We skated around the post in a circle.
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skate around

to skate here and there in no particular direction. Let's go over to the pond and skate around. We will skate around for a while until we get too cold.
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Mr Dornan is currently writing a paper for the council about why more people should be encouraged to skate around Ormskirk and he hopes to teach a group of older people to skate.
You need to ook at how you are holding yourself as you skate around the ice.
The nearest skate parks are in Hexham and Sunderland and when you skate around the streets you get complaints.
Barry Satlow, chair of the ACLU's Boulder chapter, is concerned school officials' efforts to skate around a hot topic violates this student's First Amendment rights (that's the one about free speech).
We really just want to skate around and have a good time.
I must skate around five miles a week on the three days I work - Monday, Friday and Saturday - as the store is bigger than two football pitches.
WANDER through the German market, skate around the ice rink, visit the circus and nativity scene and, of course, Father Christmas.
I wish we had had more time in Philly 'cause this is an amazing city to skate around.
Now, instead of being given missions at the beginning of each two-minute run, you can skate around to your heart's content and approach characters who will then assign goals.