stir around

stir around

1. To mix or move something around in or as in a liquid suspension, especially to mix together its ingredients or parts. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "stir" and "around." He stirred the mixture around before pouring it out into the mold. I stirred around the ingredients with a large wooden spoon. She put the flowers in the vase and stirred them around to freshen them up a bit.
2. To move or shift around (some place) in slight or irregular motions. He stirred around restlessly, clearly discomfited by her questions. She stirred around the office for a bit, before finally picking up a folder that contained my file in it.
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stir something around

to agitate or mix a liquid substance by moving it in a circular motion. stir the mixture around to mix it up. You should stir the dressing around a bit before you serve it.
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References in classic literature ?
The sick man was given something to drink, there was a stir around him, then the people resumed their places and the service continued.
Once hot, add the butter and garlic along with a pinch of salt and stir around over the heat for two minutes until softened but not colouring.
Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper, and stir around to coat everything.
2 Add the garlic, bay leaves and chillies to the softened onions, stir around the pan for 1-2 mins, then pour in the passata, Worcestershire sauce, remaining vinegar and sugar.
I lay on a borrowed mattress sprawled on the floor, and the little box fan I'd bought at a corner bodega did nothing but stir around the torpid air.
"Considering the stir around the inter-Korean unified team, expectations about economic benefits overtake the nationalistic desire for unification," Lee said.
Quickly stir around to mix, then add to the batter, along with the coriander and curry leaf.
3 Now pour in the beaten egg and stir around to distribute all the ingredients evenly then sprinkle on the Parmesan and parsley and continue to cook very gently until the eggs look about three-quarters set.
Scott Williams News of Jamie Roberts' omission will have caused a stir around Wales, but, arguably, leaving out Williams is a greater shock.
Add the onion and stir around the pan for 5 mins until soft.
Put the marshmallows, chocolate and Crunchie into the saucepan, stir around once and pour over your ice-cream.
LG Electronics created a big stir around the world with the crowning of G3 as the new "King of Android.".
The mystery caused quite a stir around many a dinner table and coffee shop here in Clinton.