encircle - round up

tonguingaround

Banned
Spanish Argentina
Hi there
I d like to know if "round up" and "encircle" are interchangeable in this context. Thanks in advance

The sheep have scattered, so we must round them up again.
The sheep have scattered, so we must encircle them again.
 
  • tonguingaround

    Banned
    Spanish Argentina
    Please have a look at the dictionary definition of encircle and then read the previous threads about round up:
    round them up
    round up

    Then come back and let us know what you think. :)
    well, I just read both definitions and they look similar to me.
    Example:
    Let's round up the horses and move them back into the barn
    Let's encircle the horses and move them back into the barn

    Looks like you can also say
    Let's surround the horses and move them back into the barn

    Please clarify
    Thanks in advance
     

    Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    To round up the horses is to get them into a group and drive them back to the corral -- you can even round them up a few at a time and drive them back to the corral; you don't have to get them all together first, although getting them all together might be easier.

    To encircle the horses is simply to put enough men or fencing around them so that they are confined in a circle -- you don't have to move them anywhere.

    An added thought: one man can round up horses, but can't encircle them.
     
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