run around

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run around

  1. Go about hurriedly here and there, as in I have been running around all day so I want to stay home tonight and relax. [Early 1900s]

  2. Also, run around with. Associate or consort with socially, as in At college she began to run around with a very liberal group. [Late 1800s]

  3. Be sexually unfaithful, as in She caught him running around just once too often and finally sued for divorce. [Early 1900s]

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