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.
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.
The usual route through Moscow could not be thought of, and the roundabout way Princess Mary was obliged to take through Lipetsk, Ryazan, Vladimir, and Shuya was very long and, as post horses were not everywhere obtainable, very difficult, and near Ryazan where the French were said to have shown themselves was even dangerous.
As the path gradually ascended the mountain, although in a roundabout way, they decided to follow it.
And Kwaque it was who pulled Michael through the port-hole into Dag Daughtry's stateroom and waited for that worthy to arrive by the roundabout way of the door.
It is exactly like her to take that roundabout way of satisfying her curiosity about a daughter-in-law she disapproves of.
Why, then, depend upon it; mind what I say--depend upon it, they are certainly some of the rebel ladies, who, they say, travel with the young Chevalier; and have taken a roundabout way to escape the duke's army.