A watchman's beat. He starts from one point, and comes round again to the same place.
(To). To whisper. (Anglo-Saxon, runian; German, raunen, to whisper.) (See Rounded.)
“That lesson which I will round you in the ear
- which I will whisper in your ear.” (
“France ... rounded in the ear with [by] ... commodity
[self-interest] bath resolved to [on] a most base. peace.” —
And ner the feend he drough as nought ne were, Ful privëly, and rounëd in his eere, `Herkë, my brother, herkë, by thi faith ...
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894