get around

Idioms & Phrases

get around

  1. Also, get round. Circumvent or evade, as in He managed to get around the rules for visiting hours. [Late 1800s]

  2. Also, get round. Convince or win over by flattery or cajoling, as in Karen knew just how to get around her father, or I'll try to get round him but I'm not sure it'll work. [Mid-1800s]

  3. Travel from place to place; also, be active socially. For example, It's hard to get around without a car, or Mary is never without a dateshe really gets around. [First half of 1900s] Also see get about, def. 1.

  4. Become known, circulate, as in Reports of her resignation got around quickly. [c. 1950] Also see get about, def. 2.

  5. get around to or get round to. Find the time or occasion for, as in Dean never gets around to cleaning up the garage. [Late 1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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