to run round in circles



Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - run round in circles

"to run round in circles"

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

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - run round in circles

Two colleagues are talking ...

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

Colleague 2:  Well, running round 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 round 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 round 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 round in circles - Usage:

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to run round in circles - Gerund Form:

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

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



to run round in circles - Examples:

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

2)  ... in the Labor Party. Perhaps it is time to stop running round 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 round 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 round in circles

5)  ... that the arguments are this stage are "circular, we're running round 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 round in circles, ...

7)  If you're still running round 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 round in circles playing the blame game but this isn't going to help the consumer. 

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

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

11)  The conversation about' quality' is destined to run round 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 round 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 round in circles.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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