Prepositional Phrases – Around

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An Alphabetical list of English Prepositional Phrases using the word “Around” – If you do not see the Phrase that you are looking for, please let me know in the comments below and I will be happy to add it for you at my earliest convenience.


(to) Beat Around The Bush – This is a phrase which means to do something in order to delay or avoid doing something else.  If related to speaking it is a way of trying not to answer a question or give some information, by saying a bunch of other stuff that is loosely related but not “getting to the point”…  “I asked you a question!  Stop *beating around the bush* and just give me a straight answer!”

(to) Sleep Around – This is a derogatory phrase to describe someone who either has many sexual partners or who is at least rumored to be that way (as you know that often times when people say derogatory things about another, they are exaggerated.)…  “I don’t want that guy hanging around my daughter!  I’ve heard that he *sleeps around* a lot, and I don’t want him messing up my her life when she has so much going for her.”

(to) Stroll Around – This is a non-idiomatic phrasal verb version, which means virtually the same thing as the more simple verb form of  “to stroll”.  It simply means, to walk “around” (some place) without having a clear or defined destination.  Since “to stroll” means to walk without a destination or a time-frame within which to arrive, and by adding the preposition “around” simply adds the “place” to the phrase…  “I didn’t have anywhere to be for quite some time, so I just *strolled around* the park for about an hour before returning home.”

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