PHRASAL VERBS About, Around 4

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Mike asked, how did the idea of setting up his own business "come about" your father Jane?, Was it something he planned, or did he just see an opportunity and take it?. ---------------------- come about.
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Ocurrir, pasar, suceder. to happen, to occur.

Ine's success "came about" as a result of hard work and some good luck. ---------------------- come about.
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Ocurrir, pasar, suceder. to happen, to occur.

Erick said, the kids were "messing about" with a new computer game when their father told them to stop wasting time and get on with their homework. ---------------------- mess about/around. (UK).
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Tirar la hueva, perder el tiempo. to spend time playing and not be serious, or doing things with no particular purpose. (see also: play around).

Lalo spends his weekends "messing about" in his boat on the Thames. ---------------------- mess about/around. (UK).
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Tirar la hueva, perder el tiempo. to spend time playing and not be serious, or doing things with no particular purpose. (see also: play around).

I hate the way Donald "orders us about". He’s like a sergeant in the army ordering his soldiers around. ---------------------- order somebody around/about.
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Dar ordenes. Mandonear. to keep telling someone all the time what to do as if you have authority over them, in a way that annoys people. (see also: push around).

Hey, Yolanda, you can't just come in here and start "ordering people around". ---------------------- order somebody around/about.
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Dar ordenes. Mandonear. to keep telling someone all the time what to do as if you have authority over them, in a way that annoys people. (see also: push around).

Martin’s like a sergeant in the army "ordering his soldiers around". ---------------------- order somebody about/around.
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Dar ordenes. Mandonear. to keep telling someone all the time what to do as if you have authority over them, in a way that annoys people. (see also: push around).

Alberto Alonso said, you don’t need a car to "get about" in Zurich. With all the excellent buses and trains, getting about on public transport is easy. ---------------------- get about.
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Viajar, andar por algun lugar. to travel to a lot of different places. (see also: get around).

Rose said, our messengers could save time by "getting about" on motorbikes. ---------------------- get about.
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Viajar, andar por algun lugar. to travel to a lot of different places. (see also: get around).

Sammy and I used to "knock about" together when we were kids said Kaz. We’d "hang around" the beach or play pool or do whatever else we felt like doing. ---------------------- knock about/around. (UK).
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Andar por ahi cotorreando. tirar el roll. to spend time somewhere with no particular purpose. (see also: hang out).

Lucca Lamparelo said, I’d "knocked around" the Mediterranean for a few years. ---------------------- knock about/around. (UK).
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Andar por ahi cotorreando. tirar el roll. to spend time somewhere with no particular purpose. (see also: hang out).

Jane asked, how do you think we should "go about" increasing sales Mike Mastruany?. ---------------------- (go about) something.
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Proceder, empezar a, abordar una situacion, manejar una situacion. to start to do something or deal with something. [often used in questions]. (see also: set about).

Lorenzo asked, how can we "go about" solving this problem Bolillo?. ---------------------- (go about) something.
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Proceder, empezar a, abordar una situacion, manejar una situacion. to start to do something or deal with something. [often used in questions]. (see also: set about).

Maria’s going to “see her bank’s loans officer about” borrowing the money for a new apartment. ---------------------- see about.
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ir a hablar con, encargarse de. to deal with something, or to arrange for something to be done.

Mom said, it's getting late - I'd better “see about” dinner. ---------------------- see about.
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Encargarse de, ir a hacer o ir a hablar con. to deal with something, or to arrange for something to be done.

Genaro said, I'll have to "see about" getting that roof repaired. ---------------------------- SEE ABOUT.
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Tener que encargarse de. to deal with something, or to arrange for something to be done.

Martin said, the new owner "set about" saving the company by cutting costs and laying off staff who weren’t performing well enough. -------------------------- (SET ABOUT) something.
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Empezar a, comenzar a, ponerse a hacer algo, proceder a, empezar a. Start doing something. (see also: go about).

Jane said, we’ve "set about" the task of finding new markets for our products overseas. ---------------------- (set about) something.
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Ponerse hacer, empezar a, comenzar a. Start doing something. (see also: go about).

Sometimes Benito Rubio watches his cat and the way it just "sits around" all day looking content, and he thinks it must nice being a cat. ---------------------- sit about/around.
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Tirar la hueva. to spend time sitting down and doing very little. (see also: hang around, laze around).

Ines said, we "sat around" most of the afternoon drinking coffee and chatting. ---------------------- sit about/around.
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Tirar la hueva. to spend time sitting down and doing very little. (see also: hang around, laze around).

Christin Pasilas said that most young men like to "sleep around" while most young women prefer to stick with the one partner. ---------------------- sleep about/around.
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Acostarse con varios. to have sex with a lot of different people without having a serious relationship with any of them.

Martin used to "sleep around" a lot at college. ---------------------- sleep about/around.
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Acostarse con varios. to have sex with a lot of different people without having a serious relationship with any of them.


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