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roundabout

1. Brit a revolving circular platform provided with wooden animals, seats, etc., on which people ride for amusement; merry-go-round
2. a road junction in which traffic streams circulate around a central island
3. an informal name for boring mill
References in classic literature ?
His cap was a dainty thing, his close- buttoned blue cloth roundabout was new and natty, and so were his pantaloons.
Instead of going to her pupils by way of the park and the pleasant streets adjoining, she took a roundabout route through back streets, and thus escaped Mr.
But you are not so roundabout, Little Eyes, that I don't notice your answering for Pubsey and Co.
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.
But he obstinately took roundabout ways, and presently he was where he could see long gray walls of vapor where lay battle lines.
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.
It is a roundabout wheedling sort of thing which I should not have credited you with.
As the path gradually ascended the mountain, although in a roundabout way, they decided to follow it.
she would come herself, and use no roundabout ways.
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.