roundabout way


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Noun1.roundabout way - a roundabout road (especially one that is used temporarily while a main route is blocked)roundabout way - a roundabout road (especially one that is used temporarily while a main route is blocked)
road, route - an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation
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Five miles here by a roundabout way is only half my daily allowance of walking exercise; five miles back by a roundabout way remain to be now accomplished.
It seems to me," he said, "that we have taken the roundabout way of getting to our end in view, when the straight road lay before us.
Then the latter turned and led the visitor by a roundabout way to a little curtained alcove off the apartment in which the countess was wont to serve tea of an afternoon.
You take a roundabout way, then, to inform me that I am very ill?
She put on her hat and jacket as noiselessly as possible, and going to the back entry window, got out upon the roof of a low porch, swung herself down to the grassy bank, and took a roundabout way to the road.
Shut the door and blindfold the doctor tight and fast, and make him swear to be silent as the grave, and put a purse full of gold in his hand, and then take and lead him all around the back alleys and everywheres in the dark, and then fetch him here in the canoe, in a roundabout way amongst the islands, and search him and take his chalk away from him, and don't give it back to him till you get him back to the village, or else he will chalk this raft so he can find it again.
Look here, Sancho," said Teresa; "ever since you joined on to a knight-errant you talk in such a roundabout way that there is no understanding you.
Negroes are tireless gossipers, which, of course, is but a roundabout way of saying that they are human.
But he obstinately took roundabout ways, and presently he was where he could see long gray walls of vapor where lay battle lines.
she would come herself, and use no roundabout ways.