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 Round.Round Dealing. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Round (To).
 
To whisper. (Anglo-Saxon, runian; German, raunen, to whisper.) (See ROUNDED.)   1
   That lesson which I will round you in the ear—which I will whisper in your ear. (Bunyan: Pilgrim’s Progress.)   2
        “France … rounded in the ear with [by] … commodity [self-interest] hath resolved to [on] a most base … peace.”—Shakespeare: King John, ii. 1.
       
“And ner the feend he drough as nought ne were,
Ful privëly, and rounëd in his eere,
‘Herkë my brother, herkë, by thi faith . .
       
Chaucer: Canterbury Tales, 7132.
 


 Round.Round Dealing. 

 
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