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    Around the block

    Hi,
    I am an English speaker, so my asking this question may seem odd. But I am looking for a definition of the phrase "around the block" so that I can translate it into another language.

    My attempts to find this expression in another language or a proper English definition have been in vain. So hopefully someone can help me!

    I figured asking this in the forum would also serve people who are learning English and its idiomatic expressions.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Around the block

    Quote Originally Posted by CantateDivina View Post
    Hi,
    I am an English speaker, so my asking this question may seem odd. But I am looking for a definition of the phrase "around the block" so that I can translate it into another language.

    My attempts to find this expression in another language or a proper English definition have been in vain. So hopefully someone can help me!

    I figured asking this in the forum would also serve people who are learning English and its idiomatic expressions.

    Thanks!
    It will help if you can provide context.

    She's been around the block suggests to me that my mother might not approve of her, but that might not be what you are looking for.

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    Re: Around the block

    No, not really...what I mean is...well here's the specific context:

    "Described as a roughened observer who has been around the block
    enough times to see through society’s scams, ..."

    Any idea how I could better define this expression??

    Thanks!

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    Re: Around the block

    Quote Originally Posted by CantateDivina View Post
    No, not really...what I mean is...well here's the specific context:

    "Described as a roughened observer who has been around the block
    enough times to see through society’s scams, ..."

    Any idea how I could better define this expression??

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    This suggests to me that the roughened observer has had plenty of real experience of life at all levels.

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    Re: Around the block

    In AmE, "been around the block" refers to a person who is street-savvy. More specifically, when it is a male being described as "he's been around the block" indicates that he is wise to the ways of the street and various con games and scams. However, if it is a female who has "been around the block" it means that she has had some sexual experience; she is not naive when it comes to sex.

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    Re: Around the block

    Thank you both so much for your help in defining this phrase.

    It's kind of sad that depending on the sex of the person involved it can have 2 rather different connotations, huh?

    Best!

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