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detour

[dee-too r, dih-too r] /ˈdi tʊər, dɪˈtʊər/
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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  • Furthermore, if you provide a detour around algebra, you provide an exemption from abstract thinking.
  • It saved me a long detour by taxi on my way home last night.
  • Upper wires detour the three-million-volt harmlessly to the ground.
  • In this case, our light-car must detour around the center, missing the book.
  • It's often faster to stay on the highway, rather than detour.
  • It's understandable that many people get irritated by all this, but my detour went incredibly smoothly.
  • So when confronted with a hill, elephants prefer to take a detour along level terrain, the researchers conclude.
  • Perhaps it's time for a little philosophical detour.
  • The applause started up, and then he decided to detour into another ox-bow lake.
  • One traffic jam or detour and you can miss the whole show.
British Dictionary definitions for detour

detour

/ˈdiːtʊə/
noun
1.
a deviation from a direct, usually shorter route or course of action
verb
2.
to deviate or cause to deviate from a direct route or course of action
Word Origin
C18: from French détour, from Old French destorner to divert, turn away, from des-de- + torner to turn
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Word Origin and History for detour
n.

1738, from French détour, from Old French destor "side road, byway; evasion, excuse," from destorner "turn aside," from des- "aside" + tourner "to turn" (see turn (v.)).

v.

1836 (intransitive); 1905 (transitive), from detour (n.). Related: Detoured; detouring.

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