to run around in circles




Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - run around in circles

"to run around in circles"

to keep doing or talking about the same thing without achieving anything

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - run around in circles

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I am so nervous. Our big presentation is this afternoon.

Colleague 2:  Well, running around in circles will not help.

Colleague 1:  Pardon?

Colleague 2:  You have been skittering around the office, down to the file room, into the photocopier room and back to your desk at least three times now and you have accomplished nothing.

Colleague 1:  What do you suggest?

Colleague 2:  Go into the boardroom and practice the presentation.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - run around in circles

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  You know I have been having some hard times lately and times have been tough. My car broke down and my dog died. My rent is late and I have a pile of bills. I am in trouble and am having hard times.

Friend 2:  Stop running around in circles and tell me directly what you wish to say.

Friend 1:  Could I borrow some money, please?

Friend 2:  Now we get to the heart of the matter.





to run around in circles - Usage:

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to run around in circles - Gerund Form:

Running around in circles, she talked about a great many subjects but I had no idea what her point was.

Running around in circles, I was far too distracted to really accomplish anything.



to run around in circles - Examples:

1)  ... in so many forms, with nothing achieved but widespread dizziness from running around in circles.

2)  ... in the Labor Party. Perhaps it is time to stop running around in circles, as we have for 200 years, and to start to chart a course ...

3)  ... same ups and downs, the same vicious cycles that leave us running around in circles. But left unchecked the disease is only going to get worse and it ...

4)  ... follow through on plans. If we don't, we just keep running around in circles

5)  ... that the arguments are this stage are "circular, we're running around in circles at the moment" and that "a minority government is where we have to ...

6)  ... the way he was speaking and repeating himself... Running around in circles, ...

7)  If you're still running around in circles and frozen at the wheel after 12 months, then you weren't ready for ...

8)  Someone needs to answer these questions. You can keep running around in circles playing the blame game but this isn't going to help the consumer. 

9)  Every week, I was ringing around and running around in circles and nobody responding.

10)  Strategy mapping prevents groups of people from talking over one another and running around in circles. It helps people speak and be heard, produce lots of ideas and understand ...

11)  The conversation about' quality' is destined to run around in circles because there are as many ways to respond to and to judge art as there ...

12)  ... false hope and many more in between. Often these emotions run around in circles so it can feel as though you're getting over it but then some come back ...

13)  I am speaking in all seriousness. I don't lie or run around in circles.

14)  ... conversation -- in Armenian, English and much signing -- seems to run around in circles, but the backpacker understands their invitation for her to spend the night with them ...

15)  Philosophers seem to run around in circles justifying or condemning inequality.

16)  ... reluctant to concede the need for such a chapter and the talks ran around in circles for several years. Eventually the US had its way.

17)  Chaos erupted as Councillors argued across the floor and ran around in circles on a number of issues ...

18)  I repeated words, backtracked on sentences and ran around in circles. I stammered like a machine-gun at full blast. It was embarrassing and made ...

19)  When the government runs around in circles over drafting policy for any sector, smart businessmen usually find a way to circumvent ...

20)  This relationship runs around in circles. It's going to go on like this forever, ...