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work around (someone or something)
To manage or be forced to accomplish or achieve something in spite of or while avoiding some problematic person or thing. We've come to the conclusion that we just have to work around our boss's bad advice if we ever want to get anything done in the office. The main problem with having a home office is having to work around my rambunctious young children. It's not ideal, but we'll find a way to work around your absence next week.
work around someone or something
to manage to do one's work while avoiding someone or something. He is being a problem, but he will have to leave pretty soon. You'II just have to work around him for now. You have to work around the piano. It is too heavy to move.
1. To wrap or pass something around something by repeated, continuous, or applied effort: The knitter worked some decorative stitching around the edge of the sleeve.
2. To achieve a goal in such a way as to avoid some difficulty: Can we work around the problem, or do we have to solve it?