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phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyring round
he/she/itrings round
present participleringing round
past tenserang round
past participlerung round

or ring around

  1. ring round/around someone/something to phone several people or companies etc in order to arrange something or to get information

    I’ll ring round some of my friends and see if they can help.

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See also main entry: ring

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