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round about

Definition of round about in English:

1On all sides or in all directions: everything round about was covered with snow
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  • Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the side of thine house; thy children like olive plants round about thy table.
  • He was no hearty admirer of the Cambridge landscape - in the poem he avoids it with some ingenuity and confines himself to the names of the villages round about.
  • Pray, Mrs. Tremlett, do you know any thing about the factory people that work in all these great ugly buildings round about Ashleigh?
2At a point or time approximately equal to: they arrived round about nine compasses were first added to sundials round about the end of the fourteenth century
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  • Some of the reviewers when the book appeared seemed to find evidence for a sudden conversion round about 1934, but his disgust for earthly things is displayed over and over again in his early novels.
  • On their third dive, round about 3pm, they headed off together and were last spotted swimming calmly 12m down.
  • He has often been supposed to be the ‘Fair Youth’ of Shakespeare's Sonnets, most of which may well have been written round about 1593-6, though they may have been revised and reordered around 1602.
approximately, about, around, roughly, in the neighbourhood of, in the area of, of the order of, just about, something like, more or less, as near as dammit to, close to, near to, practically;
or so, or thereabouts, there or thereabouts, give or take a few, plus or minus a few, give or take a bit, in round numbers;
not far off, nearly, almost, approaching;
British getting on for;
South African plus-minus;
North American informal in the ballpark of
2.1Approximately: we raised round about half a million dollars round about 10,000 homes were affected
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  • The total area is probably about 30,000 square miles and the total population round about 200,000.
  • The budget that the Commissioner manages is round about £2.5 billion.
  • The amount the government spends on the NHS is round about two-thirds of that in France and Germany and half of what the USA spends, as a percentage of our national income.
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