go around

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go around

  1. Also, go round. Satisfy a demand or need, as in Is there enough food to go around? [Mid-1800s]

  2. Same as go about, def. 1.

  3. go around with. Same as go with, def. 1.

  4. go or run around in circles. Engage in excited but useless activity. For example, Bill ran around in circles trying organize us but to no avail. This idiom was first recorded in 1933. For what goes around comes around, see under full circle.

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