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a deviation from a direct, usually shorter route or course of action

What does it mean when you dream about a detour?

The meaning of a detour in a dream is fairly straightforward. It indicates either that we have encountered an obstacle in some area of life or that we have decided not to confront something directly, and must therefore try to find a way around.

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of New York City is a finalist in the American Council of Engineering Companies' 39th annual Engineering Excellence Awards competition for designing a temporary outboard roadway for detouring traffic during rehabilitation of FDR Drive in Manhattan.
SHERMAN OAKS - Both the Ventura Boulevard and Greenleaf Avenue on-ramps to the northbound San Diego Freeway will be closed for nine months while Caltrans upgrades one of the nation's most-gridlocked interchanges, the 101-405, detouring thousands of motorists onto neighborhood streets.
Happy Hollow campground at Circle X Ranch, 12 trail miles farther west, plus almost two miles of detouring via trail from the Backbone Trailhead, found on Yerba Buena Road.