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Difference between Go around someone and Run circles around someone

go around someonecircumvent or outwit a person; avoid dealing with smb.:

  • We will want to go around the boss. He will say no if asked.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase go around with someone(also: run around with someone) be seen together in public in the company of smb. of the opposite sex:

  • Once he started going around with her there were more withdrawals than deposits in his savings book.

run circles around someone—(also: run rings around someone) greatly excel a person in some activity; completely outclass a competitor:

  • Opponents will run circles around you unless you take the time to build up your players’ skills.

See also: run someone round / run someone round in circles.