One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Take a circuitous route to one's destination.
- ‘‘If nobody takes personal responsibility for the claim it will just go round the houses,’ she warns.’
- ‘Well, Andy, our feature writer Stephen Lewis went all round the houses trying to find working telephone numbers for Loadbikes and Cyclone.’
- ‘I tried again this morning, and still couldn't access Broadband, yet the status message was saying that there were no problems, so I started going round the houses, only to be told that my migration happened yesterday.’
- ‘Was he your first choice from the moment you wrote the script, or did you have to go round the houses a little before you came to that conclusion?’
- 1.1 Take an unnecessarily long time to get to the point.‘a partner is likely to go all round the houses today, when it's obvious what they are hinting at’
- ‘As my husband says I'm can't say yes I have to go round the houses first and then give an answer which means yes but doesn't feature the word yes.’
- ‘Experts in language learning recognise the value of going round the houses a bit to avoid those aspects of a language that you have problems with.’
- ‘If you would just like to ask your solicitor, otherwise it will be a lot of going round the houses to achieve nothing except for saving the defendant having to pay something.’
- ‘Politicians have a penchant for going round the houses when answering tough questions.’
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