Definition of roundabout in English:

roundabout

noun

  • 1

    British term for traffic circle
    rotary, traffic circle
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  • 2

    British term for merry-go-round
    • ‘Drinkers can gaze into distorting mirrors, try out the dodgems or roundabouts or have their fortunes read.’
    • ‘The rule has been applied to water, fire, gas, electricity, chemicals, explosions, fumes, flag-poles, fairground roundabouts, and even gypsies.’
    merry-go-round, carousel
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  • 3historical A close-fitting, waist-length jacket worn by men and boys.

adjective

  • 1Not following a short direct route; circuitous.

    ‘we need to take a roundabout route to throw off any pursuit’
    • ‘Well, that must be why we took the roundabout route tonight.’
    • ‘Letters from relatives on the Continent became a rarity; those that did reach British shores had usually travelled a roundabout route via neutral nations.’
    • ‘I had watched from the Citadel as the procession made its way on a roundabout route through the streets of Mainport.’
    • ‘Where are the two of you taking me in some sort of roundabout way?’
    • ‘Sara made for it in a roundabout way to give them a little time to prepare for her, trying to seem as non-threatening as possible.’
    • ‘Anna checked out the window again just to make sure that they weren't taking some really roundabout route to the school.’
    • ‘I leave in the direction of the toilets but instead start making the roundabout way to Jeremy's room.’
    • ‘My chief of staff selected this roundabout route to throw the news media off our trail.’
    • ‘I trudged down a roundabout route to the hut, my head down, a desperate desire to cry in my eyes.’
    • ‘She entered the lingerie shop, idly browsing and refusing assistance from a saleswoman, taking a roundabout route towards the target.’
    • ‘As it was another pleasant, starlit evening, her hair hung loose to dry in the ocean-scented breeze and she took a roundabout route to the amphitheater.’
    • ‘There was still a small chance they might be discovered - very small since they were taking a very roundabout route - but there was still that chance.’
    • ‘Taking the roundabout route means the train can stop at a dozen additional railway stations in Hubei Province.’
    • ‘She decided not to take the route through the village but to walk the roundabout way along the forest's edge in order to not having to see the horror any more.’
    • ‘Congestion may also be heavier on some routes into town, particularly on more direct roads, than on other routes, such as roundabout routes through neighborhood and city streets.’
    • ‘I guess I took a roundabout route to it unconsciously.’
    • ‘She shook her head angrily but followed a roundabout route to Raban's shop.’
    • ‘She was having such fun, so much that she all but forgot that Terel was following her on her roundabout joyride against the wind.’
    circuitous, indirect, meandering, winding, serpentine, tortuous
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    1. 1.1 Not saying what is meant clearly and directly; circumlocutory.
      ‘in a roundabout way, he was fishing for information’
      • ‘Li smiled, acknowledging that his roundabout dialogue had been recognised, unwound and interpreted.’
      • ‘That famous voice is never more honeyed than when it's saying - in a courteous, roundabout way - ‘No.’’
      • ‘This essay will suggests in roundabout ways, that this could be as difficult for ‘them’ as for ‘us’.’
      • ‘They'd never actually done any of the sorts of things suggested in the letter, although she had brought the subject up, in a roundabout way.’
      • ‘It slowly dawned on me that this was what he was trying to determine, in his roundabout way: whether I liked the boy-leader or not.’
      • ‘He does not explicate this roundabout reference to circumcision.’
      • ‘That's what I've been trying to get to in my roundabout way.’
      • ‘In fact, James's essay on habit may be read as a roundabout critique of late nineteenth-century aestheticism, a movement closely related to a modernism of heightened sensory experience.’
      • ‘Rather than just saying this directly, Thai people tend to go the roundabout route.’
      • ‘An imaginative translator must explore ways, even if roundabout, to recreate the effect of the original in the language into which it is translated.’
      • ‘Wendy spent the next few minutes explaining what went on over the weekend in roundabout and, shall we say, not totally accurate terms.’
      • ‘However, privileged access to positive externalities is merely a roundabout way of saying that opportunities are unequal.’
      • ‘In a roundabout way, I did answer his question with a ‘no.’’
      • ‘In a roundabout way we come back to the problem I had with it.’
      • ‘Anyway, this is just a roundabout way of saying that, while I'm personally delighted to be here, I also appreciate the larger gesture that the invitation represents.’
      • ‘A casual roundabout answer came from the balding man.’
      • ‘It's clear that he is locked in his own world now, from his careful - and almost always roundabout - way of answering questions to the faint, humbled tone with which he speaks.’
      • ‘This is his extremely roundabout way of saying that he wasn't waiting for some kind of rock revival to make his comeback; if anything, he's reacting against it.’
      • ‘This is only a roundabout way of saying that the score for the film sounded like elevator muzak.’
      • ‘It was a roundabout apology but I took what I could.’
      indirect, oblique, circuitous, circumlocutory, periphrastic
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Pronunciation:

roundabout

/ˈroundəˌbout/