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    Dance circles around

    Hi! Can someone explain this expression?
    In this context:
    Many of them danced circles around me academically.
    Thanks a lot!
    Maria


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    Re: Dance circles around

    It means "many of them were far more skilled than I academically."

    I'm not sure of the actual origin of this phrase; the boxing ring, perhaps? Or maybe the stage?


    [Disclaimer: I am a native speaker but do not teach]
    Last edited by Delmobile; 20-Jun-2007 at 20:50.


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    Smile Re: Dance circles around

    Thanks a lot! All I need is the meaning, not the origin.
    Have a nice afternoon!


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    Re: Dance circles around

    Quote Originally Posted by Maria Aguilar View Post
    Hi! Can someone explain this expression?
    In this context:
    Many of them danced circles around me academically.
    Thanks a lot!
    Maria
    I like your phrase, but the more usual idiom is "to run circles/rings around".


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    Thumbs up Re: Dance circles around

    Okay, thanks. I'm a Spanish speaker.
    And though I understand a lot, there are some expressions I don't feel like I know their exact meaning. And in this case, it turned out that it means what I thought, but I wanted a professional opinion.
    Thank you!
    Any other help is welcome!

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