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wreathe around (something)
1. To encircle or surround someone or something. In this usage, the reflexive pronouns "itself" or "themselves" can be used between "wreathe" and "around." Mist wreathed around the top of the mountain. Over time, vines began to wreathe themselves around the watchtower that had been built in the middle of the jungle.
2. To twist, entwine, or arrange something into a wreath or wreathlike shape around something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "wreathe" and "around." Officials wreathed garlands of flowers around the heads of the winning contestants. The artist wreathed the shells around the frame of the mirror.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
wreathe (itself) around someone or something
[for something] to form itself into a wreath or circle around someone or something. The smoke wreathed around the smokers' heads, almost obliterating sight of them. The smoke wreathed around the green tree near the fire.
wreathe something around someone or something
to form something into a wreath around someone or something. The smoke wreathed a ring around the old man holding a pipe. The cloud wreathed a huge halo around the tip of the mountain.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.