[ uh-round ]
/ əˈraʊnd /




    been around, having had much worldly experience: He's been around and isn't likely to be taken in.

Origin of around

1250–1300; Middle English around(e). See a-1, round1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for been around


/ (əˈraʊnd) /



Word Origin for around

C17 (rare earlier): from a- ² + round


In American English, around is usually used instead of round in adverbial and prepositional senses, except in a few fixed phrases such as all year round. The use of around in adverbial senses is less common in British English
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Idioms and Phrases with been around (1 of 2)

been around

Been present or active; especially, gained experience or sophistication. For example, This book isn't new; it's been around for many years, or This strategy won't fool Bill; he's been around. [First half of 1900s] Also see get around.

Idioms and Phrases with been around (2 of 2)


In addition to the idioms beginning with around

  • around the bend
  • around the corner

also see:

  • beat about (around) the bush
  • been around
  • boss someone around
  • bring around
  • cast about (around)
  • come around
  • enough to go around
  • every time one turns around
  • fool around
  • fuck around
  • full circle (what goes around comes around)
  • get around
  • get around to
  • go around in circles
  • hang around
  • horse around
  • kick around
  • kid around
  • knock about (around)
  • know one's way around
  • mess around
  • nose about (around)
  • pal around with
  • play around
  • poke around
  • push around
  • rally around
  • roll around
  • run around in circles
  • run around like a chicken
  • run around with
  • run rings around
  • screw around
  • scrounge around
  • shop around
  • sleep around
  • stick around
  • talk around
  • tear around
  • throw one's weight around
  • turn around
  • twist around one's finger
  • up and about (around)

Also see underround.

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