Definition of ring round (or around) in US English:

ring round (or around)

phrasal verb

British
  • Telephone (several people), typically to find something out or arrange something.

    • ‘We've been trying to ring round anybody who's available.’
    • ‘He asks her if she's rung round the insurance companies.’
    • ‘It took a few minutes of sober consideration before the serious work of ringing round began.’
    • ‘It will be run on a first - come, first-served basis and it will mean that no longer do people have to ring round every dentist in the area trying to get on a list.’
    • ‘She said: ‘The first part of the project involved ringing round local businesses to get donations such as soil and plants.’’
    • ‘Keep a note of your motor insurance renewal date and start ringing round for quotations before you get your renewal notice.’
    • ‘We were frantically ringing round going crazy trying to find out if she was okay.’
    • ‘Yesterday Mr Dixon ordered senior managers to ring round stations to see which crews would not work with the units and Salford was the first to refuse.’
    • ‘That, and the ignominy of ringing round the houses trying to piece together where I was, who I was with, and what I said that might require the swift delivery of a lavish floral arrangement.’
    • ‘Now more than ever, as your insurance comes due for renewal, it may be worth ringing round to get a few alternate quotes - or asking an insurance broker to do it for you, if you haven't got the time.’