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This is what I know:

1)The other way around- 'Let's turn the bed the other way around.'

2)The other way- 'I think we should be going the other way.'

My question:

Does 1 mean only turning something but not actually moving it backward/forward.

But when I leave out 'around' does it indicate movement in the opposite direction?

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the other way, with or without round or around, means a reverse in direction of some kind. It's not always obvious without context what the reversal entails. The reversal can be literal or figurative.

If 'around' is used, it's sometimes a literal reference to circular or circle-like motion, and sometimes only a figurative way of focusing on an exchange of roles.

Let's turn the bed the other way around.

This can mean that the head and the foot of the bed will change positions.
It can mean that the side of the bed, which was against one wall, will change so that it's now against the adjacent wall in the same room.
It can mean that the mattress will be turned upside down.

I think we should be going the other way.

There are two ways to go. We have taken one of them. We should be taking the other of them.

This can mean we only have to turn 180 degrees.
It can mean that we took the wrong road several miles back, and now we have to retrace those miles and then take the right road.


I am getting my information from the New York Times, and not the other way round.
If you believe handwriting reflects your inner self, does it work the other way (around)?
They'll use Tom to assist Brad, not the other way around.
More French people are coming to live in the UK than heading back the other way.
Justice Kennedy, who dissented in that case, could swing the decision the other way now.

CJ