One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the next thing we knew we were surrounded by cops’
encircle, enclose, encompass, ring, gird, girdle, go around
fence in, wall in, hedge in, hem in, close in, confine, ring, ring round, bound, circumscribe, delimit, cut off
besiege, siege, beset, beleaguer, throng, trap
rare environ, enwreathe
1‘a tiled fireplace with a wood surround’
border, edging, edge, perimeter, boundary, margin, skirting, skirt, fringe
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