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wrap around (someone or something)

1. To fold, coil, or bend completely around someone or something. The car actually wrapped around the light post as it crashed into it. The snake wrapped around me in a very disconcerting way.
2. To fold, coil, or bend something completely around someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "wrap" and "around." Here, wrap this cable around the tree over there. I just wanted to wrap my arms around my two kids and hold onto them forever on the first morning they both left for school.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

wrap someone or something around something

to bend or coil someone or something around something. I'll wrap you around that lamppost unless you cooperate! Don wrapped the rope around the tree and tied it tight.
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wrap something around someone

to fold or drape something onto someone. He wrapped a towel around himself and went to answer the telephone. She wrapped a blanket around her little boy to keep him warm.
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wrap around someone or something

to enclose or fold about someone or something. The snake wrapped around the helpless man and it was soon all over. The flames wrapped around the barn and swallowed it up.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

wrap around

1. To clasp, fold, or coil something about someone or something: She wrapped her arms around his neck and hugged him.
2. To coil or twist about something or someone: The flag wrapped around the pole.
3. To continue automatically to be entered on a new line of text if there is too much text to fit on one line. Used of word-processing texts: The input to early computer text editors did not wrap around, so you had to hit a carriage return at the end of every line.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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