[ goh-uh-round ]

  1. an act or instance of going around something, as a circle, course, or traffic pattern, and returning to the starting point.

  2. a series or pattern of occurrences; round: After the third go-around of questions, the witness was released.

Origin of go-around

First recorded in 1890–95; noun use of verb phrase go around
  • Also go-round [goh-round] /ˈgoʊˌraʊnd/ (for defs. 2, 3).

Words Nearby go-around

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How to use go-around in a sentence

  • I can't go around docks without a boat, and I hain't got none.

  • You can't go around asking for a job and saying, "But I was making money for them."

    Nine Men in Time | Noel Miller Loomis
  • Now and then they would come close together; their trunks would strike each other, then they would separate and go around again.

    Kari the Elephant | Dhan Gopal Mukerji
  • She said all a body would have to do there was to go around all day long with a harp and sing, forever and ever.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • You see, the house is largely furnished from my two rooms at college, and there was hardly enough to go around.

    The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton

British Dictionary definitions for go around

go around

  1. (adverb) to move about

  2. (adverb foll by with) to frequent the society (of a person or group of people): she went around with older men

  1. (adverb) to be sufficient: are there enough sweets to go round?

  2. to circulate (in): measles is going round the school

  3. (preposition) to be actively and constantly engaged in (doing something): she went around caring for the sick

  4. to be long enough to encircle: will that belt go round you?

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with go-around


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

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