de-tour

detour

[dee-toor, dih-toor]
noun
1.
a roundabout or circuitous way or course, especially one used temporarily when the main route is closed.
2.
an indirect or roundabout procedure, path, etc.
verb (used without object)
3.
to make a detour; go by way of a detour.
verb (used with object)
4.
to cause to make a detour.
5.
to make a detour around: We detoured Birmingham.

Origin:
1730–40 < French détour, Old French destor, derivative of destorner to turn aside, equivalent to des- de- + torner to turn

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detour (ˈdiːtʊə)
 
n
1.  a deviation from a direct, usually shorter route or course of action
 
vb
2.  to deviate or cause to deviate from a direct route or course of action
 
[C18: from French détour, from Old French destorner to divert, turn away, from des-de- + torner to turn]

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detour
1738, from Fr. détour, from O.Fr. destour, from destourner "turn aside," from des- "aside" + tourner "to turn" (see turn). The verb is attested from 1836.
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