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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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Prof Wing added: "The volunteers who've already taken part have found it to be fun, as well as helpful, once they realize they won't be roller skating around but using the skates for rehabilitation." Anyone interested in taking part can contact Dr Leif Johannes, who is co coordinating the study, on 0121 414 3338 or 414 2980, or visit www.symon.bham.ac.uk/glas-s.htm
After 90 minutes we were skating around - but exhausted.
Chris says he and his friends get shouted at and accused of vandalism by skating around the streets.
In amongst chapters on ascending Ecuador's spectacular Avenue of Volcanoes and skating around Stockholm's archipelago is a recommendation on wild swimming in Ireland with Dublin's famous Forty Foot given a special mention along with the annual River Liffey swim.
NORTHBRIDGE - If you remember roller skating around the Whitin Community Center gym Saturday nights to such hits from the 1970s and '80s as The Doors' "Riders on the Storm" or Tony Orlando and Dawn's "Knock Three Times," Community Center representatives would like to invite you back for an encore.
The idea of them skating around just seems brilliant, they'll bring all the fun you need to the ice.
The game involves two teams skating around an oval track in formation, with points scored when players overtake members of the opposing team.
"Everybody who grew up skating around here has got a lot of character," Gilbert says.
As the nation's hopes go on the line Thywissen, 23, isn't skating around the issue and believes it will take more than naked ambition for the Tartan Army to get the win they need.
There's even a giant ice boot, hairbrush and alarm clock skating around to represent the yard sale at which Woody is snatched by ruthless collector Al.
Community beat officer PC Wilf Harry said: "For a long time I have been wanting to see a new by-law to prevent youths skating around car parks.
You don't need to be able to skate, we can teach you everything you need to know." Roller derby is a contact sport involving formation roller skating around an oval track and has become increasingly popular in the UK over the past few years.
Some rinks also have ice marshals effortlessly skating around to make sure everyone is safe.
Roller derby is anAmerican-invented contact sport that is based on formation roller skating around an oval track.
One in particular took my eye - a feisty young lady called Maggie, with whom I spent most of the evening skating around the crowded ice, and at the end of the evening I drove her to Malcolm's on-going party at his home.