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To surround or put something around something - synonyms or related words

kettle

verb

to control a crowd of people by surrounding them and preventing them from moving or leaving

kettling

noun

surround

verb

to be all around or on all sides of someone or something

enclose

verb

to surround someone or something

engulf

verb

to cover or surround something in a way that harms or destroys it

encircle

verb

to completely surround someone or something

envelop

verb

to surround someone or something completely

hem in

to enclose someone or something and prevent them from moving or leaving

ring

verb

to surround someone or something, especially in order to protect them or to prevent them from escaping

contain

verb

if an area contains something, you will find that thing there

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moonbow

a rainbow produced when water droplets in the air reflect light from the moon rather than the sun

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Open Dictionary

platform capitalism

a way of doing business that involves recruiting large numbers of people who work for themselves using the company's platform, as used by companies such as Uber, Deliveroo and the like

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