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round•a•bout(adj. ˌraʊnd əˈbaʊt, ˈraʊnd əˌbaʊt; n. ˈraʊnd əˌbaʊt)
In British English, a roundabout is a circular area at a place where several roads meet. You drive round it until you come to the road you want.
In American English, an area like this is called a traffic circle or a rotary.
In British English, a roundabout is also a circular platform in a play park that children sit or stand on. People push the platform to make it spin round.
In American English, this is called a merry-go-round.
|Noun||1.||roundabout - a road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island; "the accident blocked all traffic at the rotary"|
junction - the place where two or more things come together
|2.||roundabout - a large, rotating machine with seats for children to ride or amusement|
ride - a mechanical device that you ride for amusement or excitement
|Adj.||1.||roundabout - marked by obliqueness or indirection in speech or conduct; "the explanation was circuitous and puzzling"; "a roundabout paragraph"; "hear in a roundabout way that her ex-husband was marrying her best friend"|
indirect - extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action; "making indirect but legitimate inquiries"; "an indirect insult"; "doubtless they had some indirect purpose in mind"; "though his methods are indirect they are not dishonest"; "known as a shady indirect fellow"
|2.||roundabout - deviating from a straight course; "a scenic but devious route"; "a long and circuitous journey by train and boat"; "a roundabout route avoided rush-hour traffic"|
indirect - not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination; "sometimes taking an indirect path saves time"; "you must take an indirect course in sailing"
indirect direct, straight, straightforward
by a roundabout way → dando un rodeo, por una ruta alternativa
to speak in a roundabout way → ir con rodeos, hablar con circunloquios
I heard the news in a roundabout way → ho saputo la notizia per vie traverse
to refer in a roundabout way to sth → accennare indirettamente a qc