run around

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v run around play boisterously "The children frolicked in the garden","the gamboling lambs in the meadows","The toddlers romped in the playroom"
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Quotations

  • Bob Boschert
    Bob Boschert
    “Silicon Valley is like a person running around in front of a steamroller. You can outrun the steamroller on any given day. But if you ever sit down you get squashed.”
  • Linda Ellerbee
    Linda Ellerbee
    “If men can run the world, why can't they stop wearing neckties? How intelligent is it to start the day by tying a little noose around your neck?”
  • Vivienne Westwood
    Vivienne Westwood
    “Every time I hear that word, I cringe. Fun! I think it's disgusting; it's just running around. It's not my idea of pleasure.”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “A lie can run around the world six times while the truth is still trying to put on its pants.”
  • James Watt
    James Watt
    “A lie can run around the world before the truth can get its boots on.”

Idioms

Run around the bush - (USA) If you run around the bush, it means that you're taking a long time to get to the point.
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Run circles around someone - If you can run circles around someone, you are smarter and intellectually quicker than they are.
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Run rings around someone - If you run rings around someone, you are so much better than them that they have no chance of keeping up with you.
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Usage

In literature:

The house was not much bigger than a bandbox, and it had two stories and a garret, with a little portico running all around it.
"St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 2, December, 1877" by Various
My ideas have just been running in circles around you.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
It is uncommon to see ten or twelve spirals running around a single shaft.
"A Course In Wood Turning" by Archie S. Milton and Otto K. Wohlers
As for Great Britain: she had already run her network of possessions and fortifications around the United States.
"Stephen A. Douglas" by Allen Johnson
I am too fat to run around like you young folks do.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
The elephants have been running around in the garden long enough.
"Crowds" by Gerald Stanley Lee
Then they would need to be so near together that a mouse could not run around among them.
"Among the Forces" by Henry White Warren
As soon as he heard me say "All right," he began to bound and run around in a circle and in other ways to show his joy.
"Memories" by Fannie A. (Mrs.) Beers
Our tree house was completed by a running balustrade around the veranda.
"The Scientific American Boy" by A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
But the surprise is a real, live, running around surprise.
"Mary Jane--Her Visit" by Clara Ingram Judson
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In poetry:

Some with wire around their glasses,
Some with wire across their teeth,
Writhing frames for running noses
And the drooping lip beneath.
"Westgate-On-Sea" by Sir John Betjeman
That heaven so bright with stars and suns,
That glorious heaven which has no bound,
Where the full tide of being runs,
And life and beauty glow around.
"Evening Praises" by John Bowring
Oh lift the burdened gloom that chokes my soul
With dews of darkness; smite the lean winds of death
That run with howls around the ruined temples,
Blowing the souls of men about like leaves.
"A Broken Prayer" by George MacDonald
Claims there’re ghosts all snowy white
Wandering around at night
In the attic; wouldn’t go
There for anything, I know;
B’lieve he’d run if you said “Scat!”
Fraidie-Cat! Fraidie-Cat!
"Fraidie-Cat" by Clinton Scollard
The British marched into Pretoria like the rushing tide,
And the Boers around Pretoria there no longer could abide,
Because the British at the charge of the bayonet made them run with fear,
And fly from Pretoria just like wild dear.
"Lord Robert's Triumphal Entry into Pretoria" by William Topaz McGonagall
Then the vivid lightning played around them, and the thunder did roar,
And the rain came pouring down, and lashed the barque all o'er;
Then the Captain's Wife and Children were ordered below,
And every one on board began to run to and fro.
"The Wreck of the Barque 'Lynton'" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

25.95 For a book about waiting in line for a year, Olga Grushin's second novel contains an awful lot of running around.
Participants of the 3rd annual "Run for Your Life" 5K Pomegranate Run walked and ran around fields and orchards in the countryside near Home Grown Cellars on Saturday morning.
We were busy running around all day and when we got in the car to drive home all of a sudden I got a sharp pain in my side.
That's just enough time to tease them with outdoor fun, not enough to actually run around and play.
There were more than just T-Rex running around back in the day.
In Seattle for a couple of days, doing some reporting for some upcoming columns, and have been running around too much to be too active in this blog.
We just want the kids who visit to run around, pick a few apples, and enjoy the day.
My dog chiko is having fun running around in the snow in the backyard.
Crews have begun work on constructing a temporary run-around for use during construction.
A man who fired a pistol in his apartment before running around the complex naked was under the influence of synthetic marijuana.
Police said they started receiving calls of a prowler running around apartment complexes on the 8700-block of Navajo Road.
It is one of the longest-running Web comics around, and Holkins and Krahulik have made their living by publishing it for the past several years—in part by running advertising on the site where the comics appear.
SEATTLE – De'Anthony Thomas and Kenjon Barner sandwiched touchdown runs around.
We cannot have two years running around with the same name (especially if it was one that failed to meet expectations).
If you ever found yourself running around different malls looking for a boyfriend-fit blazer for professional occasions, your search may be over.
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In science:

In these cases it is possible to have ’virtual’ l- or s-walls respectively, running around the cylinder.
The exact solution of an octagonal rectangle triangle random tiling
By the end of LEP2 and TEVATRON run 2, both experiments expect to achieve an error on MW of around 0.03-0.04 GeV, comparable with the present error from indirect determination by means of precision data.
Precision Physics at LEP
In all cases the best of 5 runs of the GA found the exact set of parameters from the original input model, or a region close enough to reveal the exact solution after calculating the small grid around the first guess.
Computational Asteroseismology
The charge density for the above time step was fluctuating around zero with an amplitude ∼ 0.04, but in selected runs using hundred times shorter time steps we could reach an amplitude O(10−4 ) with unchanged qualitative features.
Goldstone excitations from spinodal instability
To date, almost all analytic work based on the halo– model approach assumes that halos are spherically symmetric, and that the density run around each halo center is smooth.
Substructure and the halo model of large-scale structure
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