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curious about the expression of 'round on'

Hi, there


Today I learned the expression of 'round on' as is used in 'She rounded on me with anger.'

I am curious about the origin of this expression. Does 'rounding' mean that someone besieges others?


Thank you for your help.

Nov 13, 2012 2:19 AM
Comments · 4

"She rounded on me" (you could also say "She turned on me.") is a pretty common expression used in England, though in my area I rarely hear the word 'rounded on' as we usually say 'turned on'. While the word 'rounded' means 'to turn' (like you turn around a corner, or you turn the page of a book) in this expression it's used to describe a person who is usually nice when they act differently, like in an argument when the calm person begins to shout and act aggressively, or when someone who used to defend you takes the offencive. Example - "She used to be my friend, but now she's turned on me."

November 24, 2012

To round is to turn as in the boat rounded the cape. To round on someone is to attack or criticise following a comment  coment or action.


November 23, 2012

It must not be a commonly used expression because it is a new one for me. I am curious as to where you heard it.

November 23, 2012

I think "round" and "round on" have different meanings.

November 13, 2012
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