Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

do(ing) the rounds

do the roundsdoing the rounds
1) something being passed or moving from one person or place to another
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    • the news/rumour doing the rounds
  • Analysis

    To do the rounds can mean to visit from person to person or place to place as part of a routine, for example, a doctor might 'do the rounds' in a hospital to talk with all of their patients. To do the rounds can also mean for something like news or a rumour to be passed from person to person.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. There's a nasty flu doing the rounds, so make sure you wash your hands regularly when you're out and about.
    2. By the time the news of what happened has done the rounds, I reckon I will end up being seen as the bad guy when really it wasn't my fault.
    3. I didn't call in on my brothers and sisters yesterday as planned, so I will have to do the rounds today instead.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I don't think Steven will be in work today. There's a rumour doing the rounds that he's been fired.
    2. An illness has been doing the rounds at the moment so we have had a lot of absenteeism from the office.
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